Safety was the only position that NOLA wasn’t in a great spot at but with the Honey Badger coming to the Big Easy, that changes things there. Before, it would have been Marcus Maye and C.J. Gardner-Johnson as the two starting safeties but now it’ll be Maye and Mathieu, which gives the Saints a very promising group at that position.
The secondary as a whole should be quite strong, with Gardner-Johnson, Marshon Lattimore, and Paulson Adebo doing their thing at cornerback. The team also has P.J. Williams, Bradley Roby, and rookie Alontae Taylor holding down the fort at the position.
New Orleans Saints defense is stacked
Mathieu, who is set to turn 30 years old in a little over a week, just came off a three-year stint with the Chiefs. During that time, he appeared in two Super Bowls and was the leader for the Kansas City defense. Having him in this secondary will be huge for the young players who are still finding their footing in the league.
Fans went into draft weekend hoping that the team could address the safety position but it really felt like after the Bears took Jaquan Brisker one pick ahead of NOLA in the second round, they panicked, took Alontae Taylor, and then knew the Honey Badger had to be a priority.
While we don’t know the terms of the deal yet, this is an excellent move for New Orleans. They didn’t add a safety in the draft and yet still emerged from draft weekend with one of the best possible options at the position.
As Nick Underhill alluded to in the tweet I included earlier on, this defense is looking really nice. Not only is the secondary strong, but on the defensive line, NOLA has the likes of Cameron Jordan, David Onyemata, Shy Tuttle, and Marcus Davenport while at the linebacker position, Demario Davis and Pete Werner are both going to wreak some havoc.
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I’m really looking forward to watching this defense eat in 2022. Hopefully, the offense can do enough to make their jobs even easier.