The New Orleans Saints, five weeks into the season, have had one player in particular that no one expected to be good shine through.
The New Orleans Saints have had an average season thus far. It has not been highlighted by any stellar games, and it hasn’t been decimated by any terrible games. It has just been mediocre, and that’s what leads them to a 3-2 record.
I took a poll of all the Who Dat Dish writers and came to a consensus on the most underrated player on the Saints’ roster. After much deliberation, the writers have concluded that David Onyemata is the most underrated player.
Onyemata is not your average household name nor is he a player that gets a lot of shining praise, but the fifth-year defensive tackle has been silently holding down the line and lighting up the opposing offensive linemen.
Through four games this year, Onyemata has 2.0 sacks, ten total tackles, three tackles for a loss, and four hits on the quarterback. He has also played in over 50% of defensive snaps in every game he has played in this season.
According to our own Tony Twillie, “He quietly does everything well — he occupies blockers; he is strong like a bull; and he is hard to move for opposing offensive linemen.” Twillie certainly isn’t wrong with that quick analysis.
It’s amazing to see his progression. He has only had above 4.0 sacks in one season in his career and that was with 4.5. He is on pace to have this be a career year in almost every statistic. He is truly a sight to see, helping stuff the run and get to the quarterback.
Only time will tell how good Onyemata will end up being, but if the first five games are any inclination, he will be a starter on the Saints for a while. He will look forward to his matchup with former Saints’ quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, next week.