Backups: Bradley Roby, Dylan Mabin, KeiVarae Russell
Former first-round pick Bradley Roby was traded to the Saints last offseason and while he didn’t do as much as fans had hoped, the team was still smart to bring the guy back for another year. Roby only appeared in 42% of the defensive snaps in 2021, having him around means the team has a rock solid depth piece behind Lattimore.
Dylan Mabin went undrafted out of Fordham and spent the 2020 season with the Vikings and Raiders before landing with the Saints this offseason. He’s only appeared in four regular-season games and the team probably shouldn’t bank on him to be the backup but for now, that’s where he’s at on the depth chart.
KeiVarae Russell was a third-round pick by the Chiefs in 2016 but strangely was cut before any of the offseason activities took place. He ended up with the Bengals for the next three years and then played for the Packers in 2020. He appeared in just two games for NOLA last year and didn’t play a single snap on defense.
Roby is a proven option at the position but the Saints should probably hope to find a better option than Mabin and Russell as backups.