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papz 08-20-2013 07:23 AM

Ramon Humber looks to build off last Friday's strong performance
 
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It wasn’t a perfect game. But, certainly, it might’ve been somewhere in the neighborhood, on the block, walking up the front steps, ringing the doorbell.

The number that Ramon Humber did on Oakland in the first half of last Friday in the Saints’ 28-20 preseason victory at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was thoroughly complete for the fifth-year inside linebacker, who has started five NFL games and mostly has made his impact on special teams.

Humber (5-foot-11, 232 pounds) and David Hawthorne manned the inside linebacker positions Friday in place of Curtis Lofton and Jonathan Vilma. And if Humber is one of the players whom Coach Sean Payton referenced when Payton said “double digit” roster spots are unsettled and the players know it, then Humber made a strong move toward claiming one of them against the Raiders.

In two quarters of play, during which time the Saints sprinted to a 23-7 halftime lead, Humber had nine tackles, a sack (for a six-yard loss), a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry.

Not that Humber was a slouch in the first preseason game. He had four tackles, two tackles for loss, against Kansas City as the defense stiffened after the Chiefs’ game-opening touchdown drive. But he was a standout against Oakland, making a tackle for no gain on fourth-and-1 to end Oakland’s first drive of the game.

“Statistically, I was pretty clean,” he said. “But I know there’s stuff I need to work on – certain alignments that prevented me from getting to the spot, or angles I took to the ball where I could have New Orleans Saintsmade more of an impact on the play.

“You gain a lot of confidence. I know what I can do, how I can perform. Just being able to go out there and have a game like that, it brought it up a little bit more but you’ve still got to be humble, still got to look at the details that you messed up on and try to improve.”

That kind of attention to detail could bode well for Humber, who was undrafted out of North Dakota State.

He has been waived three times in his career, twice by Indianapolis and once by the Saints. So he understands how unsettling this time of year can be for some players.

“It’s definitely a gut-check time, it’s a nerve-wracking time knowing they can call you at any time or they can tap you on the shoulder to let you know that you’re going to be released,” he said. “But as long as you put on good game film and show that you’re improving, things fall in (place).”

It’ll be difficult to produce better film than he did against Oakland.
“I thought he played well,” Coach Sean Payton said. “I thought he played exceptionally well, probably one of his better games that I’ve seen at linebacker.”

Said Humber: “It was a great opportunity. As a linebacker corps, we all work well together. We all work well together, we count on each other, we count on everybody on the defense and we play off one another. As long as we’re able to do that I think our defense will be stellar.”

It definitely held its own against the Raiders in the first half. Oakland was limited to 130 yards (82 on its final drive of the half) and six first downs, and quarterback Matt Flynn was sacked five times.

At the center of it all was Humber, who seemed to be drawn to the football.

“I think as a defensive player, you’ve just got to have relentless pursuit to the ball,” he said. “That was my mindset – wherever the ball went, I was going to run as fast as I could to get there.”

He wasn’t perfect while doing so, but he might’ve been somewhere in the neighborhood.

Ramon Humber looks to build off last Friday's strong performance

Danno 08-20-2013 07:37 AM

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53, book it.

halloween 65 08-20-2013 07:42 AM

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He is making a good case.

Danno 08-20-2013 07:49 AM

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Lets recap...
1. Young player who looks as good as the starters have all training camp.
2. Has shown flashes of good play in the past couple years at 4-3 MLB (which requires more coverage range).
3. Is an excellent special teams player.
4. Is a hard aggressive hitter.
5. Is dirt cheap.

Negatives...
1. He's a little shorter than ideal.
2. Took him a few seasons to "get it".

lsutigerfan 08-20-2013 08:17 AM

Re: Ramon Humber looks to build off last Friday's strong performance
 
Yep and hopefully he wears that number 53 with pride.

biloxi-indian 08-20-2013 09:15 AM

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Personally, I like the fact Humber can tackle! :)

hagan714 08-20-2013 10:12 AM

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as with the rest of the LB corp my worry is can he defend the pass

AllSaints 08-20-2013 12:08 PM

Re: Ramon Humber looks to build off last Friday's strong performance
 
I believe he is going to make the 53 for sure... could see Lofton Humber in the middle

westbankdaze 08-20-2013 12:11 PM

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Looks good but I want to see how he does against the Texans first. The Raiders OL was HORRIBLE

homerj07 08-20-2013 09:20 PM

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Good luck kid. We are all rooting for you.


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