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SmashMouth 06-13-2012 09:48 PM

New Orleans Saints opponents likely to steer clear of Jabari Greer
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Jabari Greer won't be so isolated that he'll get lonely. Not in this pass-happy day and age of the NFL. The way offenses are designed to throw the football in any situation, and rules are structured so that receivers can run routes with minimal obstruction, Greer - the head-and-shoulders above, top cornerback for the New Orleans Saints - totally won't be avoided. Sheer volume will make it impossible.

New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer (33) celebrates with cornerback Tracy Porter (22) after Greer's interception intended for Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young (16) in the fourth quarter during a wild-card playoff game at the Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 7.
But it sure isn't going to make much sense for opponents to try to engage him all that often, either.

Not when the 30-year-old, nine-year veteran will present the most formidable challenge among Saints coverers - especially now that former running mate Tracy Porter will be cashing his checks in Denver.

That's not meant to be a slight of Patrick Robinson and Johnny Patrick; the former, the Saints' nickel back and leader in interceptions (four) last season and the latter, a talented and aggressive player whose potential is evident.

Indications are that the Saints could be just fine without Porter, whose star dimmed a tad after his glamorous 2009 postseason, during which he intercepted a Brett Favre pass to help force overtime in New Orleans' win over Minnesota in the NFC championship game, and intercepted a Peyton Manning pass, which he returned for a touchdown, to ice the Super Bowl victory over Indianapolis.

He never again similarly caught lightning in a bottle - which, in fairness, almost was impossible to do, considering he produced two plays that prominently live in Saints history, against quarterbacks who unanimously should be elected to the Hall of Fame when their times come.

But we can't ignore the fact that Greer and Porter together had established the reputation as blanket men.

Certainly, with Porter gone, Greer figures to be challenged a little less when the possible options will include going after a couple of corners who are entering their third (Robinson) and second (Patrick) seasons.

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QBREES9 06-13-2012 11:19 PM

He is one of the best.

The Dude 06-14-2012 12:05 AM

I hope Patrick and Robinson are ready for the task.

Crusader 06-14-2012 01:25 AM

Greer is on of the most underrated CBs in the whole leauge.

Danno 06-14-2012 10:16 AM

I think Robinson will be our best CB by season's end.

Mardigras9 06-14-2012 10:19 AM

Hopefully the pressure on the opposing QB's this year will be the deciding factor, the DB's can sit back and play catch and run.

darstep 06-14-2012 12:52 PM

DB play is always dependent on pass rush and the amount of time they have to cover.
I would love to see the pressure off of these guys once again so that they are
free to make some plays this year.

Rugby Saint II 06-14-2012 01:00 PM


Originally Posted by Danno (Post 412050)
I think Robinson will be our best CB by season's end.

That means more interceptions for Greer........I'm looking forward to watching all the corners play with a front 7 applying pressure.

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