By Nick Underhill | The Advocate
The New Orleans Saints were supposed to have one of the best secondaries in the NFL.
It hasn’t played out that way. All the promise from last season that was supposed to lead to forward progress has seen this group moonwalk instead. Patrick Robinson landing on injured reserve hasn't helped, but even some of the incumbents have stood in place or slid.
Cornerback Ken Crawley, who looked poised to break out this year, ended up getting benched for the start of a Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons, strong safety Kurt Coleman, who was signed this offseason, is only playing in base packages, and some of the other players have had off days along the way.
So, it made sense when rumors swirled the last 48 hours about New Orleans' interest in various cornerbacks. The cousin of Arizona’s Patrick Peterson ignited the rumors by announcing the team had interest in him, and New Orleans was the cornerback’s preferred destination, but that deal didn’t happen. Instead, former New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple is now a Saint.
Apple isn’t one of the four or five best cornerbacks in the league. His addition won’t make national analysts trip over themselves to declare the Saints the new favorites to win the Super Bowl like Peterson would have. But his acquisition strengthens a potential trouble area, and that might be enough for a team that is one of the NFL’s few legitimate contenders. ...
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