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Messagepar huangjian123 » 09 Novembre 2018, 02:21

Focus has been rolling out a number of rankings for different position groups Color Rush Larry Warford Jersey , and the latest rankings for NFL secondaries place the Saints at number eight overall. Saints fans have to be stoked about the incredible improvement in the Saints’ secondary play last season. They finished third behind only the Ravens (22) and Jaguars (21) with 20 interceptions and for the first time in years functioned as a strength rather than a liability for the team.The Pro Bowl level play of two rookies, Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams, stabilized a position group that had previously served as Saints fans’ greatest source of anxiety over the majority of the past decade.First round pick, Marshon Lattimore, crushed his rookie season. He was so effective, at times, the receiver he covered was all but erased from the opposition’s game plan. Lattimore made top tier playmakers like Julio Jones and Mike Evans look pedestrian while limiting the quarterbacks he faced to a ridiculously low 45.3 passer rating while targeting him.The fresh faced rookie cornerback from Ohio State earned a PFF grade of 90.5 which ranked him fourth overall among all cornerbacks. Lattimore shadowed his receivers so well, he racked up five interceptions, 10 passes defended, and one touchdown. He was a solid tackler on his way to 45 solo, five assisted, and one tackle for loss. He also forced and recovered one fumble each. Lattimore’s stats, in my mind, were even more impressive since it became evident as the season went on that quarterbacks were actively avoiding throwing in his direction. The Saints made another valuable and position group altering move when they drafted Utah’s Marcus Williams in the second round. Everyone remembers his missed tackle on Stefon Diggs in the playoffs, but most people might have forgotten that was only Williams’ fifth missed tackle the entire year after starting every game his rookie season.In fact, Williams earned an 86.8 PFF grade which ranked him 12th overall among all safeties. He showed a knack for being around the ball as he made four interceptions, including one in the same game against Minnesota that spurred the Saints’ near comeback. And though many hated on his tackling form against Diggs on that final play, Williams was a tackling machine all year as he compiled 66 solo, 11 assisted, and 1 tackle for loss.The way Williams carried himself following the missed tackle on Diggs showed he is mature and fully capable of learning from his mistakes. I expect Williams to play with even more confidence and swag this year.The next two important cogs in the Saints secondary are both third year pros who have either met or exceeded fans’ expectations. Safety, Vonn Bell, was serviceable enough for the Saints to feel ok about letting former first round pick Kenny Vacarro walk in free agency. Bell ranked 65th overall among safeties while earning a 69.5 PFF grade. Bell didn’t notch any interceptions, but he did have one pass defended. He made a greater impression with his tackling. Bell ended with 64 solo, 13 assisted, and 2 tackles for loss. He also added a crucial 5 sacks along the way. New free agent signing, Kurt Coleman, could provide some worthy competition, but so far, Bell has played well enough to justify his spot.The other important cog flew under the radar in 2016 but came on as an integral piece in the secondary in 2017. Many Saints fans were worried after Delvin Breaux failed to return from his lower leg injury, but Ken Crawley erased those fears immediately after starting in the third game of the season. Once Crawley replaced a struggling De’Vante Harris, he never looked back, and the Saints started rolling along on an eight game winning streak.Ranked 39th overall with a PFF grade of 81.6, Crawley exceeded all expectations as he locked in the number two cornerback spot. With one interception and 13 passes defended, Crawley made trouble for those assigned to him. In Addition, his tackling was solid as he amassed 50 solo, 2 assisted Youth Michael Thomas Jersey , and 1 tackle for loss.The final starting secondary spot, nickel cornerback, will most likely be filled by either PJ Williams or Patrick Robinson. Simply by comparing their production from last year, it’s reasonable to assume P Rob will be given the first opportunity to lock down the nickel spot. PJ Williams earned a PFF grade of 67.5 and was ranked 83rd overall among cornerbacks. Robinson, on the other hand, earned a PFF grade of 89.8 and was ranked sixth overall among cornerbacks. His four interceptions were his most since 2011, his second season for the Saints. His 11 passes defended and touchdown scored were his most since 2012, his third season for the Saints.Robinson was a solid tackler on his way to 42 solo, six assisted, and three tackles for loss. He even added one sack and a fumble recovery to boot. If P Rob’s play can be more like that with the 2017 Eagles than with the 2016 Colts, the Saints secondary could be one of the best in the league. If Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams continue to improve on their already strong career starts, it’s not unfathomable for the Saints to have three top ten starters at the cornerback and safety positions. No matter what, Saints fans should be more excited than ever for this position group. They are young, hungry, and more experienced. If this group can stay healthy, the sky is the limit. Sam Darnold's first snap for the New York Jets on Monday night will be one for the record books.The rookie will become the youngest quarterback to start a season opener in the Super Bowl era — since the 1966 season — at 21 years and 97 days old at kickoff against the Lions in Detroit.Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick, beat out incumbent Josh McCown and the since-traded Teddy Bridgewater for the Jets' starting job with a solid summer and preseason."We are trying to help the team win and we feel like he gives us a good chance to win," coach Todd Bowles said. "We're not starting him because he's a rookie and he's not ready. We're starting him because he gives us a chance to win the game."Darnold will also be the first rookie quarterback to start a season opener on "Monday Night Football." The former USC star is used to the spotlight and playing in big games, but even the coolest of California kids might feel a little case of the nerves before this prime-time debut."I'm just going about the week like how I normally would, so just going about it that way," Darnold said. "I think toward the game I might get a little nervous. I guess we'll see."The Jets have had just two rookie quarterbacks open a season under center: Mark Sanchez (2009) and Geno Smith (2013). Nope, not even Joe Namath did what Darnold is about to accomplish. Broadway Joe was Mike Taliaferro's backup for New York's season opener in 1965 before starting the next three games.Oh, and both Sanchez and Smith won in their debuts, so Darnold could make it 3-0 for Jets rookie starting QBs.But he also has a bit of history against him.Here's a look at how the previous youngest quarterbacks to start a season opener in the Super Bowl era fared in their first NFL games:DREW BLEDSOE, New England Patriots, Sept. 5, 1993 (21 years, 203 days)Loss: Buffalo 38, New England 14After being the No. 1 overall pick, Bledsoe started right away for the Patriots — and had a rough debut at Buffalo. He went 14 of 30 for 148 yards and two touchdowns with an interception and was sacked three times while losing to Jim Kelly and the Bills.Bledsoe started 12 games as a rookie for Bill Parcells' Patriots, going 5-7 and finishing with 15 TDs and 15 INTs. He soon carved out a terrific career for himself and was selected to four Pro Bowls. A serious chest injury in the second game of the 2001 season against the Jets gave Tom Brady a chance to play — and the rest is, well, NFL history.MATTHEW STAFFORD, Detroit Lions, Sept. 13 Youth Cameron Jordan Jersey , 2009 (21 years, 219 days)Loss: New Orleans 45, Detroit 27Stafford beat out veteran Daunte Culpepper for the starting job in training camp and was under center for the season opener at New Orleans.Stafford went 16 of 37 for 205 yards and was intercepted three times, including twice by Darren Sharper, in the blowout loss. He ran for a touchdown, though.The No. 1 overall pick that year had much better days to come.Stafford is the fastest player to reach 3,000 completions and last year joined Brett Favre, Dan Marino and Peyton Manning as the only QBs to reach 200 career TD passes before the age of 30.JAMEIS WINSTON, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sept. 13, 2015 (21 years, 250 days)Loss: Tennessee 42, Tampa Bay 14Winston was the top pick in the draft that year and had a solid summer to win the starting job. He got off to a bad start in front of the home crowd, though, as his first pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Coty Sensabaugh. It marked the first time a rookie's first throw was returned for a TD since Brett Favre — then with Atlanta — in 1991.Winston was 16 of 33 for 210 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions, along with four sacks. He was outplayed by fellow rookie Marcus Mariota, the second overall selection that year, who threw four TD passes.DeSHONE KIZER, Cleveland Browns, Sept. 10, 2017 (21 years, 250 days)Loss: Pittsburgh 21, Cleveland 18Kizer was a second-round pick out of Notre Dame and beat out the likes of Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan to start the game at home.He also nearly helped pull off an opening day upset , going 20 of 30 for 222 yards with a TD and an interception while also running for a 1-yard score that capped an impressive 12-play drive.But Kizer was benched a few times during the Browns' 0-16 season and traded to Green Bay in the offseason.GREG LANDRY, Detroit, Sept. 15, 1968 (21 years, 272 days)Loss: Dallas 59, Detroit 13Landry was a first-round pick of the Lions out of UMass and started the season opener — and it wasn't good. He threw four interceptions, including one returned 35 yards for a TD by Chuck Howley, in the rout.He finished 15 of 31 for 231 yards and had two touchdown tosses, but was benched in favor of Bill Munson in Week 2. Landry started one more game as a rookie — a 12-0 loss to Philadelphia — before becoming mostly a solid backup and spot starter for Detroit through 1978. He also played for Baltimore and Chicago, as well as two years in the USFL.
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