Source: Sheldon Rankins should be ready for camp after preemptive Achilles surgery

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, according to a source.

Rankins wouldn't be ready to play if the season started today. But he has been training in Indianapolis and is expected to be back with the same burst that allowed him to pick up eight sacks in 2018 by the time training camps start.

New Orleans needs that talent on its defensive line. Rankins needs it on film since he's entering a contract year.

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