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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by hagan714 Saints notes: Platoon planned at corner in David's absence By Brady Aymond Louisiana Gannett News METAIRIE -- With Jason David scheduled to be out 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his forearm, New Orleans Saints ...

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Old 10-05-2007, 01:35 PM   #11
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Re: Platoon planned at corner in David's absence

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Saints notes: Platoon planned at corner in David's absence
By Brady Aymond
Louisiana Gannett News

METAIRIE -- With Jason David scheduled to be out 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his forearm, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton announced Wednesday that veteran Fred Thomas, Jason Craft and rookie Usama Young would likely split time at the cornerback spot opposite Mike McKenzie.
"We have some flexibility," Payton said. "We'll be able to put Fred Thomas in there. Jason Craft and Fred both have experience and Usama (Young) has been playing well. We'll see how the week unfolds, but we have some flexibility with those three guys. Those are the three guys you saw all during training camp."
Craft has seen action in all three games this season, mostly as the team's nickel back. Craft has made eight tackles and one pass breakup this season.
"It doesn't change. I still have to go out there and do my job and help the team any way I can," Craft said of his approach to this week's game against Carolina on Sunday in the Louisiana Superdome. "It's obvious we're all hungry for a win. Everything has to come together."Thomas was inactive the first three games and hasn't seen action since the preseason. He played in all five preseason games and started two of them. He finished the preseason with 12 tackles and two pass breakups.
"I don't go out there with anything to prove," Thomas said of finally getting his chance. "You go out there with that attitude and you end up trying too hard to make something happen and you make a mistake."
Young has played in all three games, but saw his first action on defense against Tennessee two Mondays ago. Young broke up one pass.

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So do we get to play 12 players on defense? I bet Jason Craft and Usama Young have to be as good as Champ Bailey by himself. That is the only way we could cover someone unless the D line starts playing better.
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Old 10-05-2007, 03:33 PM   #12
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We need more than 12 in order to stop anyone. I think 18 might do it.
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Old 10-05-2007, 03:46 PM   #13
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Re: Platoon planned at corner in David's absence

I just want to see anybody on our defense play physical. I can live with getting beat, but I just need someone to help me remember ONE GOOOOD lick since Philly in the playoffs...just one receiver who thinks twice about crossing our middle. How may guys have had to re-buckle their chin strap after a defensive play?????I'm thinking...coming up blank. If we start busting ass, even if we are getting beat...it would surely make it easier to swallow.
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Old 10-05-2007, 04:01 PM   #14
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I am on the bandwagon as well. Young will be good for the D! The time I have seen him on the field, he looked good IMO.
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Old 10-05-2007, 09:09 PM   #15
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Re: Platoon planned at corner in David's absence

Well, not much was accomplished with David, and we all know the history of Thomas and Craft. With not much else to lose, I am on board with you guys, Young should be the guy. Let this guy take his lumps and bruises and lets see what he is all about.
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Old 10-06-2007, 10:02 PM   #16
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Re: Platoon planned at corner in David's absence

For those who aren't up on U. Young:

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Remember this kid had a strained quad earlier in the preseason....may be the reason he's been held back.
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Old 10-06-2007, 11:14 PM   #17
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I want to see Usama play. Good luck Usama
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