The New Orleans Saints saw a lot of success with their defensive line in 2021 and the unit should be pretty strong again in 2022, if not stronger. How will the defensive line depth chart look this season?
Defense is once again going to play a huge role in the New Orleans Saints‘ upcoming season and that starts with the defensive line. This unit could look totally different this time next year with a few key players slated to hit free agency in 2023.
For now, however, the Saints are fortunate to have one of the best d-lines in the entire league.
Let’s go through each position on the defensive line and discuss what the depth looks like at each position. We’ll start with the left defensive end spot.
Starting LDE: Cameron Jordan
Reserves: Tanoh Kpassagnon, Carl Granderson
The ageless wonder Cameron Jordan will get the start on the left side of the line and the depth behind him is pretty damn good. Jordan is entering his 12th season, all spent with the Saints, and after a slow start last season ended up with yet another double-digit sack campaign, finishing with 12.5 sacks.
Behind Jordan is second-year Saint Tanoh Kpassagnon and former UDFA Carl Granderson. Kpassagnon signed with NOLA last year after spending the first four years of his career in Kansas City and winning a Super Bowl with the Chiefs. Kpassagnon was pretty impressive during his inaugural year in New Orleans, notching four sacks but he missed half the season due to injury.
Granderson signed with the Saints in 2019 after going undrafted out of Wyoming and had five sacks during the 2020 season. He put up three sacks this past season through 15 games.