Saints Roster: Super early 22-man starter projections for 2022

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Starting Linebackers: Demario Davis, Pete Werner, Zack Baun

The Saints have a stellar linebacker unit.

Demario Davis is the anchor of the linebackers (obviously), but the pieces of Pete Werner and Zack Baun are nice as well. Werner is coming off a productive rookie season where he accumulated 62 tackles while starting half the season. Baun needs to step up a lot, but he still has the raw pass-rushing ability the Saints love.

Baun’s job is certainly up for grabs with guys like Kaden Elliss, Eric Wilson, and rookie D’Marco Jackson chomping at the bits behind him but Baun is the early favorite to win the job.

The Saints’ linebacker unit as a whole was very good last season, but losing Kwon Alexander is going to hurt the team big time. NOLA usually just rolls with two linebackers and keeps a nickel out in the secondary so expect Demario Davis and Pete Werner to consume most of the workload.

Werner will be fun to watch as the complementary piece to Davis, especially now that the Saints revamped their secondary to add more speed and athleticism to the unit which takes pressure off the linebackers. Look out for this tandem in the middle of the defense in 2022 for the Saints.