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Saints’ Player No. 2: Bradley Roby

Many believed Saints corner Bradley Roby might be a cap casualty this offseason, but he stuck around. In a stacked secondary unit, Roby could stand out as one of the most underrated pieces of a top-10 defense.

Marshon Lattimore is the top dog at corner. No one can argue with that. Yet Roby brings valuable starting experience to a mostly unproven cornerback unit having spent seven years in the league on the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans before arriving in NOLA early last season.

The veteran corner started just one game in 2021 but played in 14 total, recording one interception, five passes defended, and one sack in admittedly his worst season to date. Still, his value to the Saints in 2022 hasn’t diminished, and he remains a vital part of the pass defense given his expertise.

This season, Paulson Adebo will likely take starting snaps after starting every game in 2021, but Adebo could still experience rookie pains in his second year. If Adebo gets sloppy and struggles in pass coverage, Roby is the most logical plug-in, and he’ll be expected to hold down the fort alongside Lattimore.

Rookie Alontae Taylor may not develop in time to make a sizeable impact this season, and the rest of the corner depth chart consists of young and unreliable performers who would automatically get targeted by opponents as the weak link.

Roby probably won’t get many defensive snaps as Adebo looks to build off from his rookie year, but Roby is the most dependable backup corner New Orleans has. Don’t take him for granted in 2022.