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.
The first wave of free agency is in the books. New Orleans made a big splash by bringing in Emmanuel Sanders, and we discuss all of the things that make him a perfect fit in the Saints’ offense. We then shift gears and explain why bringing back Andrus Peat might not be the craziest idea […]
Sheldon Rankins is looking to get right this season. The Saints defensive tackle never quite found his burst last season while working his way back from a ruptured Achilles. Then, when he started getting closer, Rankins’ other leg flared up and required an operation that essentially preempted what could have led to an Achilles rupture, […]