On The Fence
P.J. Williams, DB: Williams is a unique player that I think the Saints should consider keeping. His year was filled with inconsistency, but he played his best football in the second half of the season. He’s a versatile player since he can play both corner and safety.
As long as the coaches don’t keep putting him in positions to fail (yes, I’m talking about the one on one matchup with Kyle Rudolph), the Saints should be able to bring him back on a relatively cheap deal.
D.J. Swearinger, DB: Swearinger was a good safety for the Washington Redskins a few years back before being released for calling out teammates and coaches.
He has since bounced around the league, playing for the Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders before ultimately ending up in New Orleans late last season.
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Although he didn’t see the field much, I thought this was a very interesting signing by the Saints and definitely want to see more of what the strong safety can do. I think the Saints should bring him back next season to get a good look at him in training camp.
Johnson Bademosi, DB: The former Dolphins defensive back appeared in six games for the Saints, playing mostly special teams before being put on IR in December. The special teams unit was one of the best in the league and I can see the Saints re-signing him on a one year deal to continue his role.
Noah Spence, DL: Another interesting late-season signing, Spence was a very highly regarded prospect in the 2016 Draft coming out of Eastern Kentucky who has failed to live up to expectations.
Like Swearinger, he did not see the field with the Saints last season, but should be given an opportunity to compete for a roster spot in training camp. He has everything you look for in an edge rusher and, maybe with a little help from the coaching staff, Spence can turn his career around in New Orleans.
Stephone Anthony, LB: I was shocked when the Saints re-signed their former 31st overall pick in 2015.
Seeing Anthony on the field brought back nightmares of the dreadful 2015 and 2016 defenses of Saints’ past. With that being said, he did play well on special teams and I can see Sean Payton bringing him back for that reason. I do, however, think there are better options out there.