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Biggest Disappointments on the Saints 2016 Roster

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Dec 4, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes the ball past New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Stephone Anthony (50) and defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Detroit defeated New Orleans 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes the ball past New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Stephone Anthony (50) and defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Detroit defeated New Orleans 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 13, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) celebrates a touchdown as New Orleans Saints defensive end Paul Kruger (99) looks on during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Broncos defeated the Saints 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) celebrates a touchdown as New Orleans Saints defensive end Paul Kruger (99) looks on during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Broncos defeated the Saints 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

Paul Kruger

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.

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