The scene was the same for about two years. Sheldon Rankins sitting at his locker, eyes straight ahead, explaining why he felt he was playing well despite not putting together the kind of sack numbers that validate a first-round pass rusher.
His answers were always gracious, patient and illuminating, but you could tell, by the end of his second season, the Saints defensive tackle had grown tired of the exchange. So, he changed the conversation in 2018 by picking up eight sacks before suffering a torn Achilles during the playoffs.
A recent poll on the NewOrleans.Football Twitter account showed that Saints fans currently view cornerback as the biggest defensive need on the roster. Is this right? Or should linebacker be considered a bigger need? What about pass rusher or safety? Kevin Washington and I also discuss the best place to use Chauncey Gardner-Johnson next season. […]
Justin Hardee was dominating every punt. Single coverage. Double coverage. Didn’t matter. The Saints gunner was on a tear early in the season, and he made every rep look the same. Beat the jammer off the line, get down the field, force a fair catch. The precision and predictability of his success were like that […]