Number Two: DJ Swearinger
DJ Swearinger is a veteran safety who was brought in by the New Orleans last season and played primarily special teams. Swearinger is known as one of the hardest hitting defensive backs in the entire NFL, and the Saints should utilize his abilities more.
Swearinger played 34 snaps (49 percent) of the Saints’ defensive snaps in Sunday’s victory over Tampa Bay, but he should be playing more than that. Swearinger managed to record three tackles last week and will look to have even more production against his former team, the Raiders.
Swearinger has the ability to play the role that Vonn Bell was in for the Saints in 2019 which is a bit of a linebacker and defensive back role.
Swearinger brings a skill set to the Saints that most defensive backs just don’t have and that’s being a hard-hitting defensive back that avoids penalties. That’ll be especially crucial in a time which the Saints were hurt by pass interference several times last week.
With Jenkins and Marcus Williams, Swearinger’s snap count may actually decrease in Week 2.