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Veteran Defensive Tackles Must Be Far More Disruptive For New Orleans Saints This Season

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Saints need better production from two free-agent defensive tackles added in 2023 for a more disruptive front line this season

By Bob Rose - Saints News Network | SI

After an abysmal performance from their defensive tackles in 2022, the New Orleans Saints made a decision to completely revamp the position last offseason. First, the Saints signed free agent tackles Nathan Shepherd and Khalen Saunders. They followed that up by spending a first round draft choice on DT Bryan Bresee from Clemson.

The 2022 Saints allowed an average of over 130 rushing yards per game and 4.5 per carry, ranking a lowly 24th in the league. Most of those yards were surrendered inside, as opponents often had their way with the New Orleans interior. The tackles also made no impact as pass rushers, combining for only 13.5 sacks and 29 QB hits while managing only 16 tackles for loss.

New Orleans ranked 22nd against the run last season, giving up an average of 120 yards per contest and 4.4 per carry. Those numbers aren't much better, but opponents had much greater success with off-tackle and outside runs than running inside. Saints defensive tackles also combined for just nine sacks, 22 QB hits, and 16 tackles for loss.

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