Saints' Safeties Are a Weakness

During the off-season, the Saints made one of the biggest free agent acquisitions when they signed safety Jairus Byrd to a 6-year $54 million deal. What the Saints did not envision is their new star not playing up to his potential, and them having to lose starters like Darren Sproles in return.

During the off-season, the Saints made one of the biggest free agent acquisitions when they signed safety Jairus Byrd to a 6-year $54 million deal. What the Saints did not envision is their new star not playing up to his potential, and them having to lose starters like Darren Sproles in return.

The Saints defense, after playing so well in 2013, has been awful through their first 4 games this year. The Saints defense is 29th in total defense and tied with the Bucs for 28th in the NFL against the pass.

"I think for them, a position they thought would be a strength has been an abject weakness, and that's at safety," NFL Films' Greg Cosell said on 98.7 The Fan Thursday. "Jairus Byrd has maybe played as poorly as any safety in the NFL through 4 weeks, and Kenny Vaccaro, who had a terrific rookie year last year, has not played well through their first 4 games either."

Much like Jimmy Graham will be used to attack the Bucs weak safeties, Bucs rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be used in the same capacity.

"He's a Jason Witten type player with a little more athleticism than Witten," Cosell said of Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

With so much invested into their safeties, if they aren't playing top-notch football, and they haven't, the Saints defense will continue to be among the worst in the NFL.

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