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Why the New Orleans Saints Could Win it All, Part VI: Defensive Line

June 1st, 2017 at 10:45 AM
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Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

To see previous Parts, click below:

Part I: Offensive Line

Part II: Running Backs

Part III: Wide Receivers

Part IV: Tight Ends

Part V: Quarterbacks


Last offseason, the Saints planned on shifting LB Hau’oli Kikaha to a pass-rushing Defensive End, but a season-ending injury in training camp never allowed the Saints to try the Kikaha Defensive End experiment. On the other end of the line, Cam Jordan did Cam Jordan-esque things, finishing with 7.5 sacks.

To replace Kikaha across from Cam Jordan, the Saints used a combination of Paul Kruger, Kasim Edebali, and Darryl Tapp, all of whom left a lot to be desired.

They signed Nick Fairley to a one-year, incentive-laden deal that proved to be one of the biggest bargains in football as Fairley (as he is known to do in contract years) put up big numbers with a career high in sacks with 6.5 in 2016. Along with Nick Fairley in the middle of the Saints defensive line, the Saints also saw rookie DT Sheldon Rankins debut in the middle of the season after …

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Tags: Alex Okafor, Arizona Cardinals, Darryl Tapp, David Onyemata, Junior Galette, Kasim Edebali, Nick Fairley, Part I: Offensive Line, Part II: Running Backs, Part III: Wide Receivers, Part IV: Tight Ends, Part V: Quarterbacks, Paul Kruger, Saints, Sheldon Rankins, Tyeler Davison

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