- Jul 8, 2000
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Sean Payton: Paul Kruger can be 'an every-down player' | NOLA.comPaul Kruger isn't officially a New Orleans Saints player yet, but once the paperwork goes through, the veteran pass rusher could have a major role with the team.
NFL teams constantly monitor other team's cuts looking for players who can provide help, but it's rare to find someone who can be a starter-level player at the end of August. In Kruger, though, the Saints think they have someone who can seriously contribute to their defense.
"He was someone, obviously, that we kind of paid close attention to, and I think there's a pretty good vision for this player," coach Sean Payton said on a teleconference Friday morning. "I see him obviously as someone that can help us in the pass rush, but I also see him as an every-down player. I think he's strong.
"Obviously, you're going to play in a rotation when you're playing in the front, but he can affect the pocket, he's got strong hands and he's been a durable player."
I think we are underestimating the potential impact this guy can make for us. He was a double-digit sack guy just two years ago before Cleveland inexplicably changed his role on the defense.