2. Defensive Line
This could be an entirely different story a year from now but we’re not talking about a year from now, we’re discussing the present-day roster and which positions are the strongest.
The starting defensive line consists of Cameron Jordan, David Onyemata, Shy Tuttle, and Marcus Davenport, three of whom are slated to hit free agency next offseason. Jordan is the only one under contract for 2023.
That starting unit combined for 23.5 sacks in the 2021 season with Jordan totaling 12.5 of those sacks and Davenport tacking on nine more sacks.
Having these four guys upfront makes the position strong enough but the depth is impressive too.
- Tanoh Kpassgnon wasn’t healthy for most of last year but when he was, he made an impact, notching four sacks in eight games.
- Kentavius Street is a new addition and should fit right into this defense.
- Malcolm Roach dipped off from his promising 2020 performance but he’s not someone to forget about.
- Peyton Turner needs to turn the corner after a disappointing rookie season where he only started five games.
I still haven’t mentioned Carl Granderson, Albert Huggins, rookie Jordan Jackson, newcomer Taco Charlton, Jaleel Johnson, and Josh Black. This is even more depth for the Saints’ stronger-than-ever DL.
This unit should pack a tremendous punch in 2022.