New Orleans Saints: Once again, the backups shine when called upon
Once again, the New Orleans Saints prove they are one of the deepest teams in football.
In week 2, the New Orleans Saints saw Drew Brees go down with a thumb injury that would keep him out 5-6 weeks. Teddy Bridgewater came in and won five games as the backup quarterback. In weeks 7 and 8, Kamara was out with an injury and Latavius Murray ran for over 100 yards in both games as the backup running back.
In week 10, the New Orleans Saints lost left guard Andrus Peat an injury requiring surgery and Marshon Lattimore with a week-to-week hamstring injury. This means that once again some New Orleans Saints backups were going to have to fill in.
Sean Payton used Will Clapp in place of Andrus Peat when he went down with his injury in week 10. The remaining part of the game Drew Brees went on to get sacked six times (most of them from up the middle where Clapp was).
Payton elected after a week of practice, to go with veteran replacement Nick Easton to replace him. Not many statistics go along with guards, but we can verify he started the game and played most of the snap share after securing his first offensive snaps of the season.
Drew Brees was only sacked once in the win over Tampa Bay and was only hit three times. That is good to hear, but it is also exciting news moving forward in the replacement of Andrus Peat.
Williams got the start on Sunday in place of the week-to-week injury of Marshon Lattimore. Everyone expected that Evans and/or Godwin would run all over Williams after they were shut out by Lattimore the last time they met.
However, P.J. Williams had another story to tell. He finished the game playing 99% of the snaps and three tackles, two pass defends, and an interception. A nice outing for a replacement cornerback.
Teams are built on not only how much talent they have, but the depth they have to go with that talent. Super Bowl teams are built off of depth. The New Orleans Saints have shown that through tough times, this team does not and will not back down.
The strength and talent of the second unit are not far off of the first and it is proving as the New Orleans Saints stay atop the NFC South and make a push for the top of the NFC.