4 Unheralded Stars Most Important to the New Orleans Saints Success
The New Orleans Saints have many stars who will more than likely step up this season to help the team toward their quest of winning the Super Bowl—players like Drew Brees (let's get this deal done!), Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston, to name a few.
While the stars will no doubt contribute to the team's success (if they can stay healthy) this season, football is a team sport, and many players can have impacts and make some contributions.
Here are a few who can become unheralded stars for the Saints.
Galette has the potential to have a breakout season in 2012. He was picked up by the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2010, and he was included in the Saints' defensive line rotation after excelling in the special teams unit.
Galette is an edge speed-rusher who can pressure opposing quarterbacks, which is much-needed in that department for the Saints. Last season, he had 4.5 sacks (his best yet) in his limited, non-starting role, but because of the bounty scandal, he will have to play more snaps, and he will have a great opportunity to play more to his potential and produce more big numbers.
Who will come up big this season and be a hero?
The rookie out of Wisconsin was drafted by the Saints in the fourth round this year, and so far he has impressed.
Nick Toon had a good college career in Wisconsin, racking up 171 receptions for 2,447 yards and 18 touchdowns in four years as a Badger. Toon has the potential to do some damage at the pro level with his good hands and size (6'3", 215 pounds).
With Robert Meachem out of the picture, Toon will have plenty of opportunities to step up and compete with Adrian Arrington for playing time. Toon has good route-running abilities, is a good blocker and has great hands to make an impact and contribute to the Saints' prolific offense.
Adrian Arrington out of Michigan has the opportunity to step up and shine since Robert Meachem has left for the San Diego Chargers. He will no doubt compete with rookie Nick Toon for playing time, but Arrington's familiarity with the playbook may give him the upper hand.
The ex-Wolverine will be entering his third season with the Saints. He hasn't posted big numbers—not yet, at least. He has nine career receptions for 110 yards, but it must have been difficult to produce much with the Saints having so many weapons.
Arrington can be a serious weapon for the Saints offense. He is a physical player who runs great routes and has the ability to make great catches. Although he doesn't have burner speed, Arrington has the size (6'3", 192 pounds) to be physical and get separation.
This cornerback is entering the third year of his career. Patrick Robinson, out of Florida State, had a decent year last season, with 47 tackles, four interceptions and 15 passes defended, while only starting in seven games.
Robinson has shown flashes of his potential. He has speed, good ball skills and playmaking ability, and he can play a vital role in new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's scheme.
The NFL is a pass-happy league nowadays, and the Saints need a solid cornerback who can match up against good receivers and shut them down. Robinson has the skill and can make some big and important plays on defense to become an unheralded hero.
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