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Biggest DE contributors for 2017 New Orleans Saints

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If the New Orleans Saints want to win more games this upcoming season, the team will need a more dominant, consistent edge rush.

A defensive ends sole purpose in the National Football League is to create pressure and chaos against opposing quarterbacks. And that’s an important lesson for the New Orleans Saints. Defensive ends are game changers, especially if you happened to find the right one. There were several edge rushers last season that harassed opposing quarterbacks. A few examples include Minnesota Vikings Danielle Hunter and Seattle Seahawks Cliff Avril. 

In today’s time, Defense wins championships and having a great defensive end or two certainly helps. As everyone knows by now, the Saints last season went 30th in the National Football League, generating only 27 sack. Finding the right defensive ends this season should hopefully turn that statistic right around.

If you get lucky and find the perfect duo of defensive ends, opposing quarterbacks won’t get a breather. The last time the Saints had a duo of versatile, chaos-making, edge rushers were back when former New Orleans Saints OLB / edge rusher Junior Galette was still on the team.

CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 22: Junior Galette #93 and Cameron Jordan #94 of the New Orleans Saints celebrate after Jordan’s sack of Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 22: Junior Galette #93 and Cameron Jordan #94 of the New Orleans Saints celebrate after Jordan’s sack of Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

Everyone knows the saying “two heads are better than one.”

When the Saints had Junior Galette, this Saints duo was hard to defend against. Due to unfortunate circumstances, the Saints cut Galette. Although Galette isn’t on the team anymore, let’s look at the impact his presence was on the New Orleans Saints. 

In 2014 Cameron Jordan, (7.5 sacks), and Junior Galette, (10 sacks) nearly combined for 20 sacks together that season. The year prior, 2013, the duo nearly combined for 25 sacks, Cameron Jordan, (12.5 sacks), Junior Galette (12 sacks). At the end of the day, Junior Galette and Cameron Jordan got work done together. 

To tell the truth, this season might not feature a defined edge rusher opposite of Cameron Jordan. Although this is true, that doesn’t exactly call worry for the Saints. The team could in fact just decide to use a similar method most teams go with the running back position. Instead of using a “Running Back by Committee” approach, the New Orleans Saints could just use multiple edge rushers to give diversity, and different types of pressure to ultimately help compliment DE Cameron Jordan. 

In this week’s article, I take a look at who I think will be the biggest contributors at the defensive end position this year.

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