The energy slowly built into a roar.
Delvin Breaux beat Michael Thomas. P.J. Williams knocked a ball away from Ted Ginn Jr. De’Vante Harris, Sterling Moore, Damian Swann and Arthur Maulet beat Willie Snead, Corey Fuller, Brandon Coleman and Tommylee Lewis in order. By then, the secondary was dominating one-on-one passing drills against the wide receivers during Sunday’s training camp practice, and they were feeding off the energy.
“That just goes to show that we can be a lockdown group,” Moore said. “We have that intensity when we’re locked in.”
Look around the league. Every good defense has an identity. It’s the secondary in Seattle. The Panthers have their linebackers. The Broncos’ pass rush causes fear in quarterbacks.
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The Saints are still trying to find their hallmark. The defensive line has questions to answer. No one knows which linebackers are going to take the field. If the defense is going to take the next step — or the first step — away from being one of the more porous units in the NFL, it might be up the secondary to serve as the strength of this defense.
It might seem like an outlandish statement given this team finished 32nd in the NFL by allowing 274 yards passing per game last season. But that team entered training camp expecting Keenan Lewis, Williams and Breaux to serve as its top three cornerbacks. By halftime of Week 2, all three players were out due to injury, and New Orleans was left…
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