New Orleans Saints: 3 position battles to keep an eye on

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Ken Crawley
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No. 3 cornerback

Clearly, the most disappointing area in the Saints’ first preseason game was their coverage. With Eli Apple playing little and Marshon Lattimore not playing any snaps, the Saints should be worrisome of their secondary after these two top-tier corners.

The race for the No. 3 spot will be between P.J. Williams and Patrick Robinson, two corners who received PFF (premium content) ratings of 47.6 and 43.2 respectively. For reference, Lattimore was given a 76.7 rating in coverage last season.

Here’s how Canal Street Chronicles’ Bob Rose broke down the team’s coverage following their first outing.

"Patrick Robinson and P.J. Williams both struggled in outside coverage, although they each looked better in slot responsibilities, where their primary roles will be. Cornerback Kayvon Webster was flagged for a pass interference on an otherwise solid night of coverage, and may have moved past the still struggling Ken Crawley in the battle for backup corner."

Both Robinson and Williams were far from impressive, allowing a combined 3-for-3 when targeted. They combined for 56 snaps, so while their snaps weren’t targeted filled, when the balls came their way, their ability to break them up and get the receiver down was lacking.

Weeks 2-4 will be about one of these two showcasing why they deserve that No. 3 role.