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Will the Saints interior line continue their standout play without their biggest star?
By Bob Rose | Canal Street Chronicles
New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins played on par with the most disruptive defensive tackles in the league in 2018. He finished with career high totals in sacks (8), tackles for loss (12), and quarterback hits (15), all second on the team while his 40 tackles nearly doubled his two year career total. The 12th overall pick in the 2016 draft, Rankins showed promise in a rookie season abbreviated by injury, then showed great improvement in his second year before a breakout campaign last season. Unfortunately, Rankins suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the Saints divisional playoff win over the Philadelphia Eagles, an injury that is expected to keep him out of the lineup until midseason or longer. The New Orleans defensive line still has quality players without Rankins; depth and skill that will both be tested until his return, something we look at today as we continue with our training camp previews.
Malcom Brown, Sylvester Williams
Obviously, the key storylines for not just this position but one of the major ones for the entire Saints defense, is the Rankins injury. When will he return? How well will he play when he does?...
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