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Shaun Rogers DT
2011 Stats: 14 tackles and 2 sacks
When I heard about the Saints signing big baby Shaun Rogers before the lockout, I knew instantly the Saints were on a mission. In their Super Bowl run, the Saints pass rush was fierce and their run defense was great.
But last season the front seven was far from stellar. Don't get me wrong, they were a solid defense. But they rarely came up with the big play or stop on third down.
Enter Shaun Rogers.
He instantly gives the front line an intimidating presence. Rogers has been a run stopper in this league for some time. And for someone his size he provides a great inside pass rush.
But his full potential has been dulled by playing for lowly teams his whole career. Many consider him too old or washed up to contribute. He has also had character concerns and doubts of whether he can put in enough effort. But the Saints have shown in the past they can take in players with those descriptions and turn them back on the path of being an elite player. Look no further than Drew Brees, Jonathan Vilma and Darren Sharper.
Rogers' presence alone will allow Sedrick Ellis to play one-on-one inside and get after the quarterback while also taking attention from Will Smith and rookie Cam Jordan. He may not light up the stat sheet but he will for sure be a force on this defense. Look out.
2012 Projected Stats: 33 tackles, 4 sacks and 2 forced fumbles