John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com
All of the chips haven’t been shoved to the middle of the table.
But with Tuesday’s bold move by the New Orleans Saints – acquiring cornerback Eli Apple from the New York Giants in exchange for fourth- and seventh-round draft picks in 2019 and ’20, respectively – it’s the latest showing that the franchise has its eyes on this year’s Super Bowl, and is willing to do what it takes to reach the NFL’s biggest game.
It’s an open secret that the Saints (5-1), NFC South Division leaders and winners of five straight games, need an upgrade at cornerback.
One starting cornerback spot is manned by Marshon Lattimore, the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year last season. Enough said. But the other has been a mixed bag, with mixed results yielded by Ken Crawley and P.J. Williams. Neither is solely to blame for the fact that New Orleans currently allows 293.7 passing yards per game, fifth-most in the league, and opposing quarterbacks have 13 touchdowns versus two interceptions, and a rating of 112.2, second-worst in the league.
And, obviously, it didn’t help New Orleans’ cause when Patrick Robinson was lost for the season in Week 3. ...
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