The Saints brought in Paul Kruger to sure up their defensive line, and man the DE position opposite Cam Jordan.
All I can say is, I hope the Saints do a better job of evaluating DE talent in the coming offseason than they did with Kruger.
Again, in his defense, Kruger played well against the run. He was hard to move, and set the edge, containing blockers and allowing the linebackers to make plays.
But when the Saints brought him in, Sean Payton gushed over Kruger’s ability to still get after the passer. It’s something that the Saints desperately needed, more so perhaps than any other aspect of their roster.
Well, turns out that Kruger can absolutely not still get after the passer. He simply can’t. He almost never disrupted the passer, and it crippled the defense.
I imagine that Kruger impacted the locker room postively, if only as a veteran. And his positive play against the run earned him a starting spot when compared to the rest of the Saints’ options at DE.
But if Paul Kruger is starting in 2017, it’s going to be a long, long, long year.