The New Orleans Saints just took an embarrassing loss to the New York Giants. There were numerous reasons why the team loss: Sean Payton’s play calling, Taysom Hill’s interception, fourth-quarter woes, the list goes on.
One of the biggest reasons the New Orleans Saints lost, however, was third-round pick Paulson Adebo. The rookie had a phenomenal Week 1 game, but since then has been dreadful. This team has seen a lot of lousy games from cornerbacks over the years, from Eli Apple to Brandon Browner, but Adebo is definitely up there for one of the worst games from a corner in recent memory.
Benching Paulson Adebo makes sense for New Orleans Saints
First things first, this is not on Adebo. The coaching staff has to put him in a position to succeed, not fail. Time after time, they would line up Adedo with Giants star wide receiver Kenny Golladay. Adebo is a rookie and has no business trying to cover the 6’4″ star and we saw how badly that experiment went.
The Giants’ coaching staff also was targeting Adebo throughout the game. They identified him as the weakest link on the cornerback group and attacked him. In that scenario, Dennis Allen and Sean Payton must pull him and figure something out.
The New Orleans Saints traded for cornerback Bradley Roby and starting Roby over Adebo makes a lot more sense. Roby is an experienced veteran that has played many snaps in the league, while Adebo is a third-round pick that didn’t even play in 2020 after opting out.
Though Roby has limited playing time this season, he has looked considerably better than Adebo. Roby also had a pretty solid season last year and is a veteran who this team traded added for a reason.
To put in perspective how bad Adebo has been playing, Pro football Focus gave the rookie corner a 39.9 grade for the season. On top of this, he’s tied for third with the most receptions allowed with 21.
On the other side of the coin, PFF has given Roby a 65.2 grade despite him not playing much. In 2020, Roby had numerous great games against good receivers.
The New Orleans Saints have a tough matchup next week in the Washington Football Team. The receiver duo of Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel is a very good one, and if not dealt with properly, will have their way against this secondary.
If Paulson Adebo covers one or both of those receivers next game, it will not be pretty.