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Saints DE Hau’oli Kikaha will be ready for Training Camp, per reports

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 25 Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts gets helped up by Hau'oli Kikaha #44 of the New Orleans Saints in the first half of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 25 Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts gets helped up by Hau'oli Kikaha #44 of the New Orleans Saints in the first half of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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At last, it appears as if New Orleans Saints fans will be able to finally see DE Hau’oli Kikaha in action.

The Advocate’s Nick Underhill recently reported that New Orleans Saints DE Hau’oli Kikaha should be all set and ready to go when the Saints take the field for Training Camp later this week.

The New Orleans Saints report for Training Camp on July 27th. It will be closed to the public, and the first day that we can get out to watch is Saturday, July 29th. 

Kikaha, who has struggled with injuries throughout his college and professional career, looks to now prove his worth for the New Orleans Saints. The cause for Kikaha’s absence last season was a torn ACL injury. Fortunately, though, it appears as if Kikaha could finally have his time to shine now.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – OCTOBER 25 Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts gets helped up by Hau’oli Kikaha #44 of the New Orleans Saints in the first half of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – OCTOBER 25 Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts gets helped up by Hau’oli Kikaha #44 of the New Orleans Saints in the first half of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Hau’oli Kikaha was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft. In his time with the New Orleans Saints, Kikaha has contributed 59 combines tackles and 4 sacks.

If available, Hau’oli Kikaha could help to play a vital role in this defense as the defensive end. The right defensive end position is an important one as the Saints have been looking for Cameron Jordan’s assistance on the other side for some time now. As of right now, Kikaha’s competition includes former Cardinals DE Alex Okafor who the Saints acquired in Free Agency, 2017 draft selections DE Trey Hendrickson, and Al-Quadin Muhammad, and edge rusher Obum Gwacham.

Personally, I’m excited to see what Kikaha can do for the Saints as the 2017-18 season approaches! For a team with defensive line vulnerabilities, I’m perfectly content having Kikaha compete for the starting RDE spot. The Saints chose Kikaha for a reason, after all. And if he performs anyway similar to as he did in college, Saints fans will certainly be excited.

Speaking of college performance, let’s take a look at how Hau’oli Kikaha faired at the University of Washington. In his 4 years with Washington, Kikaha totaled 206 total tackles, (139 solo tackles), 51 tackles for a loss, 35.5 sacks, and 6 passes defended against. In college, Kikaha was an absolute stud and was very productive. When given the opportunities, if healthy, Kikaha should be an impact player for the New Orleans Saints.

Stay tuned as Who Dat Dish and myself will keep you updated if anything else arises regarding Kikaha, For the latest, and the greatest news, and Saints coverage, make sure to continue choosing to read and follow Who Dat Dish!

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