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Undrafted Edge Rusher Might Step Up If The New Orleans Saints Highly-Touted Defensive Ends Fail This Season

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If the more highly touted defensive ends on the Saints roster get off to another disappointing start, they may be replaced by this explosive undrafted pass rusher.

By Bob Rose - Saints News Network/SI

The New Orleans Saints had only 34 sacks during the 2023-24 season, fourth fewest in the NFL. New Orleans defensive ends were particularly disappointing, combining for only 16 sacks, 41 QB hits, and 25 tackles for loss.

Consider that DE Carl Granderson accounted for over half those numbers by himself with 8.5 sacks, 20 QB hits, and 14 tackles for loss in a breakout year for him. Granderson, undrafted in 2018, out-produced the combined numbers of three former high-round draft picks.

Cam Jordan and Payton Turner are former first-round choices, while Isaiah Foskey was a second-round selection. Throw in the offseason addition of Chase Young, the second overall choice in the 2020 NFL Draft, and this looks like a formidable group....on paper.

Jordan is coming off an injury-plagued season, the worst statistical production since his rookie year, and turns 35 in July. Turner has missed an incredible 36 of 51 games with injuries. Foskey did virtually nothing as a rookie, though bigger development is expected in 2024. Even Young has not come anywhere close to his hype after a strong rookie year in 2020. ...

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