DE Will Smith—Grade—B
Will Smith was consistent in this game. It’s odd that the Saints could give up most of its rushing yards to the outside and still say the defensive ends are playing well in the running game. Yet, it’s true of both Smith, and Cam Jordan.
Smith has been creating pressure in the pass rush as well, and did so in great fashion Sunday.
DT Brodrick Bunkley—Grade—B
Brodrick Bunkley never has been a pass-rushing threat. Yet, he made a key bat-down of one of Carson Palmer’s passes. It wasn’t the play of the game or anything, but was key nonetheless.
DT Sedrick Ellis—Grade—N/A
Sedrick Ellis isn’t really alive anymore. He seems to just be a figment of your imagination.
DE Cameron Jordan—Grade—A-
Cameron Jordan had another underrated game. Without watching the film and doing a full breakdown, it would be nearly impossible to understand just how well Jordan played. His play in the run game was great. And he effectively created pass pressure.
DT Tom Johnson—Grade—B
Tom Johnson played really well in this game. He did a great job clogging holes in the running game. And he got such good pass rush he recorded a sack. It was great effort from one of the Saints’ most underrated players.
DT Akiem Hicks—Grade—B
Akiem Hicks did not make a ton of plays in this game. But his play was consistent. That’s about all you can ask for from a young rookie defensive tackle. He continues to improve each week.
DE Junior Galette—Grade—N/A
Galette did not play in this game.
DE Martez Wilson—Grade—B
Martez Wilson didn’t play as well as a week ago, and made a key mistake on special teams. Still his effort was great in the pass rush game.