Ranking the NFC South: Safety

The final position group will look in our rankings of the NFC South will look at the safety position. Find out where Kurt Coleman, Tre Boston and the rest of the Panthers' safeties rank in the NFC South.
August 15, 2016

'I Want To Be the Whole Package'

The Saints raised a few eyebrows this year when they moved up in the NFL Draft to select safety Vonn Bell in the 2nd round. With Jairus Byrd & Kenny Vaccaro still under contract, many in the Who Dat Nation thought the Saints had more pressing needs to fulfill in the Draft. But after closely watching Bell throughout OTAs, minicamp, and a week of training camp, I'm convinced the Saints made the right move picking up the former Ohio State Buckeye. Here, Bell talks about his versatility to the team.
August 2, 2016

Are Byrd & Vaccaro Ready to Blossom?

Before the 2014 season began, the NFL Network selected the Saints duo of Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro as the 2nd best safety combo in the entire league, behind only the Seahawks duo of Earl Thomas & Kam Chancellor. After all, Vaccaro had come off a fantastic rookie season that saw New Orleans advance to the 2nd round of the playoffs. And after 3 Pro Bowl seasons, the Saints had just made Byrd the highest paid safety in the NFL. And although the bottom dropped out, Sean Payton is optimistic...
August 2, 2016

'I Hold Myself to a High Standard'

On paper, the New Orleans Saints starting defensive backfield consisting of Jairus Byrd, Kenny Vaccaro, Delvin Breaux and Keenan Lewis actually looks pretty good. The problem with the National Football League is that actual games are not played on paper. Debilitating injuries have been the primary culprit for lack of success within this quartet, particularly with Byrd, who was supposed to be the group's leader. Here, Jairus describes how his father has helped him through these tough times.
July 30, 2016

'We're Going to Be a Different Team'

There are a lot of big 'ifs' on this New Orleans Saints defense. 'If' Stephone Anthony can adapt to the move from inside linebacker to the outside. 'If' the Saints can find a pass rusher opposite Cameron Jordan. 'If' Jairus Byrd and Keenan Lewis can come back from injury and play the type football both are capable of. But one of the biggest 'ifs' is whether up-and-down strong safety Kenny Vaccaro can become a Pro Bowl-type player. Here's Vaccaro talking about this year's Saints defense.
July 28, 2016

Making the cut: Tyrann Mathieu

Arizona Cardinals' defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is the ultimate X-factor in the team's scheme and one of the most versatile players in the NFL.
July 19, 2016

Budding Superstar or Overpaid Enigma?

If you want to fire up a New Orleans Saints fan one way or the other, just mention the name Jairus Byrd. After the Saints finished with the 4th best defense in the NFL in 2013 (kind of hard to believe isn't it?), team management did not sit on their hands hoping for a repeat performance. Instead, the salary cap strapped Saints went shopping and made Buffalo Bill Jairus Byrd the highest paid safety in the HISTORY OF THE NFL (at the time). He's become an enigma, but he's also 13th best this year.
July 18, 2016

Super Bowl Leader Comes Home

Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis hit an absolute home run with their first NFL Draft class in 2006. Reggie Bush, Marcus Colston, Jahri Evans and Zach Strief all played pivotal roles on that Saints Super Bowl team. Rob Ninkovich did the same for the Patriots. 2nd round pick Roman Harper was another Saint who played an integral part on that great 2009 team, as well as many others during his 8 years in New Orleans. After a 2-year hiatus with Carolina, the 2-time Pro Bowler is back. Here's why.
June 7, 2016