By Nick Underhill | The Advocate
Sheldon Rankins believes that it is his fault when he doesn’t win a repetition.
It doesn’t matter who is lined up against him. If he is doing the things he is supposed to do, the Saints defensive tackle feels like he should win every rush.
“I definitely feel like any time I line up against somebody if they’re blocking me I did something wrong,” Rankins said.
That sounds like a big statement, but it isn’t a new feeling for Rankins. He is a student of the game who studies himself and his opponents. He can often figure out why he didn't win. That doesn’t mean he can win every single time, but Rankins believes he has improved in areas that will help it happen more often and entered the offseason with a mantra: "Win quick and win now."
Rankins spent his offseason studying his losses and realized how often offensive linemen were jump setting him to counter his quickness. So, after spending his first offseason focused on getting and staying healthy, he spent this past offseason trying to improve his hand speed. ...
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