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DE Will Smith—Grade—D
Will Smith was unnoticeable in this particular game. He was clearly on the field, but I do not recall him making a play. And for that matter, I’m not even sure he was around the football. It was an odd game for one of the Saints’ best defensive players.
DT Brodrick Bunkley—Grade—N/A
Bunkley was a healthy scratch.
DT Sedrick Ellis—Grade—D
Sedrick Ellis is great at one thing—sitting the bench, which he did for stretches at a time in this contest. Ellis ended up around the football on a few occasions, but that was mainly because Broncos linemen accidentally pushed him near the ball-carrier approximately 10 yards down the field.
DE Cameron Jordan—Grade—C
Cameron Jordan did the best he could playing inside on the majority of snaps. He essentially started at defensive tackle in the place of Brodrick Bunkley as the Saints played nickel on nearly every snap. The truth is that he was playing out of position against an offense that, while aligning in nickel personnel and formations, plays as a base offense in such alignment.
Jordan needs to back to the end position where he excelled in the season’s first six games.
DT Tom Johnson—Grade—C
Despite the absence of Brodrick Bunkley, Tom Johnson did not see the snaps at defensive tackle that seemed like the natural progression of sitting Brodrick Bunkley. When he was in, he did not provide his usual spark.
DT Akiem Hicks—Grade—C
Making his first career start, Akiem Hicks was largely ineffective. The defensive line was mostly ineffective and Hicks is included in that group.
DE Junior Galette—Grade—C
Galette did nothing to impress anyone. Not that anyone on the defense impressed, but you would have hoped Galette could against the Broncos’ young right tackle whose last name is Franklin. On film he looked susceptible. Galette did not expose him, even to the least degree.
DE Martez Wilson—Grade—C
Martez Wilson played a great game a week ago. This week—he maybe one great defensive play. Every player gets a “C” or lower grade. Wilson did nothing better than anyone else—that much is for sure.