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WhoDat!656 05-24-2013 09:21 PM

OTA Position Spotlight: Lewis can beat out Greer
 
In the teamís first week of organized team activities, Keenan Lewis started with the first team and made a case for a starting position at defensive back. If veteran Jabari Greer doesnít step up in training camp, heíll lose his starting job.

Last season, fans were livid with a Saints pass defense that allowed nearly 300 yards passing per game last year. The names to blame? Defensive backs Patrick Robinson and Jabari Greer.

Greer and Robinson both stand at 5-foot-11 and both struggled mightily last year in pass coverage. They both managed to get three interceptions last year, but Robinson posted 18 passes defended to Greerís 13 passes defended.

Greer is 31 years old, losing a couple of steps in terms of his speed, and coming off a season where the entire defense is being scrutinized. The Saints acquired Keenan Lewis in the off-season as well and he definitely has the ability to take away one of those top corner spots.

Lewis is four years younger and about 20 pounds heavier than Greer. Thatís important against strong receivers in the NFC South like Atlantaís Roddy White and Carolinaís Steve Smith. He wasnít a starter in Pittsburgh but that didnít stop him from defending 23 passes last year for the Steelers.

He isnít significantly taller than Greer but displays better leaping ability to attack the ball while it is in the air than Greer did last year. Every inch helps against NFC South receivers like Atlantaís Julio Jones and Tampa Bayís Vincent Jackson.

In the first day of OTAís, Lewis started with the first team and displayed his ability to break up passes and even came away with an interception. While head coach Sean Payton will be the first to tell you not to put any stock in Lewis starting with the first team, youíd be crazy to think that Lewisí performance didnít catch his eye.

Itís still May and nobody (outside of quarterback Drew Brees) has won their position yet. After this first OTA session however, the stock for Keenan Lewis is on the rise.

OTA Position Spotlight: Lewis can beat out Greer - Who Dat Dish

Seer1 05-24-2013 09:45 PM

Re: OTA Position Spotlight: Lewis can beat out Greer
 
Can Greer beat out P-Rob?

saintsfan1976 05-24-2013 10:07 PM

Re: OTA Position Spotlight: Lewis can beat out Greer
 
Don't discredit Greer. He's still a starting caliber CB and at some point this season, we'll need him to be such.

Choupique 05-24-2013 10:10 PM

Re: OTA Position Spotlight: Lewis can beat out Greer
 
sure is nice to see some loyalty from a fan.

halloween 65 05-24-2013 10:10 PM

Re: OTA Position Spotlight: Lewis can beat out Greer
 
P-Rob is going have to man-up or we may have a weak side, my question is if he doesn't do it who will?

The Dude 05-24-2013 10:54 PM

Re: OTA Position Spotlight: Lewis can beat out Greer
 
I think Greer did as good as could be expected with the overall horrible defense we had last year. He is a starter in this league and either one of those two guys will make strong depth even if they don't start.

jnormand 05-24-2013 11:01 PM

Re: OTA Position Spotlight: Lewis can beat out Greer
 
Why take Greer out? Take P-Rob out! Greer is better and I trust him a lot more than Robinson.

jeanpierre 05-25-2013 04:05 AM

Re: OTA Position Spotlight: Lewis can beat out Greer
 
Look, Robinson is like Jenkins, we've seen Robinson make some spectacular plays - unfortunately the spectacularly bad more often than spectacularly good...

But he's had three defensive coordinators/philosophies in his short career?!?

Now he's a pro and a first round selection so he's expected to adjust and get-r-done...

But I'd be a little open-minded and allow this "competition mentality" for each job that Coach Payton and staff have begun with this offseason to shake the rust off and get the best players into the best position for the best possible "fits" for the 2013 season...

It will make everyone better and accountable...

And should Greer evolve to become a third, rotational cornerback then we'll have the best in the league at that position and we will not love Jabari any less than we hold him now...

Competition is a good thing...

cars4dylan 05-25-2013 04:23 AM

Re: OTA Position Spotlight: Lewis can beat out Greer
 
Greer playing hurt last year was still better than Robinson even spotted the 5-6 yrs of youth.

I think Robinson will find himself lucky to be on the roster when the season starts. Who knows, maybe Coach Ryan schools him in some miraculous way and he learns to cover a WR (but I doubt it). He's just so out of position to often, an occasional INT doesn't make up for the other blunders in a game.

Seer1 05-25-2013 09:36 AM

Re: OTA Position Spotlight: Lewis can beat out Greer
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cars4dylan (Post 504593)
Greer playing hurt last year was still better than Robinson even spotted the 5-6 yrs of youth.

I think Robinson will find himself lucky to be on the roster when the season starts. Who knows, maybe Coach Ryan schools him in some miraculous way and he learns to cover a WR (but I doubt it). He's just so out of position to often, an occasional INT doesn't make up for the other blunders in a game.

That'd actually be more McGriff and he's being talked up to be one of the best in the biz. Gotta be better than the DB coach we didn't have last year.


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