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DE Will Smith—Grade—B-
Will Smith did not appear to play a real key role in this contest. Unlike last week, that seemed to be a real indicator of the actual role he played, or lack of role that he played.
DT Brodrick Bunkley—Grade—C
Brodrick Bunkley saw a regression in his play from prior weeks, when his game had begun to equate the contract he was given this offseason. Sure, the Giants’ running game was held in check. And that can certainly be attested to Bunkley. But his play did not stand out as it had in prior weeks.
DT Sedrick Ellis—Grade—C
Sedrick Ellis also regressed from the past two weeks when he seemed to be motivated by losing out on a contract offer from the Saints. In this game he looked like the same Ellis we saw in the seasons’ first 10 weeks.
DE Cameron Jordan—Grade—B+
The numbers don’t indicate Jordan’s actual level of performance. He was regularly double-teamed by the Giants. Yet he still managed to make plays in the run game and was the only Saints’ defender who even got near Eli Manning on the day.
DT Tom Johnson—Grade—B
Tom Johnson was the next best Saints defender in this game. His presence in the run game made life difficult on the Giants.
DT Akiem Hicks—Grade—B
Akiem Hicks did not make a ton of plays in this game. But his play was consistent. That’s a regular theme for the rookie. That’s a good sign overall.
DE Junior Galette—Grade—C
Galette’s return had little impact on the defense. It didn’t increase the teams’ pass rush, as was hoped. And his play in the run game was nothing to brag about.
DE Martez Wilson—Grade—B
Martez Wilson saw fewer defensive snaps in this game, and the result was less production than in previous weeks.