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Old 09-02-2013, 10:15 AM   #1
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New Orleans – Three Performances of Note

Up and Down Performance for White

One player likely on the bubble this preseason is second-year defensive back Corey White. Looking only at the first half of his rookie season, you might be surprised to find him still on the roster at this point; he compiled a grade of -11.0 in those six games. However, he bounced back in his last three games before going down to injury. Thus far his preseason has most closely resembled those final three, as he was at +2.8 entering this game.

Miami attacked White early and often in this game; he was targeted more than twice as often as any other Saint DB, allowing seven catches on 11 passes into his coverage for 141 yards and two touchdowns. There were some bright spots though, as he made three stops in a strong effort against the run – good enough for a +1.7 grade in that area. He also got his hands on a couple of balls in coverage with two pass defenses, one a nice play on a back shoulder throw to Chad Bumphis. Unfortunately, he immediately followed that play by allowing the go-ahead 56-yard touchdown with three minutes remaining in the game. Surely that’s not the way he wanted to end his preseason with roster cuts upcoming.

Ready To Play

It’s safe to say at this point that Glenn Foster will not be among the players released by the Saints – Sean Payton has said as much with previous comments that Foster has not been competing for a roster spot, but rather for playing time. For the fourth time this preseason Foster graded positively to bring his cumulative grade to +11.2, the highest among all 3-4 defensive ends. Against Miami, he played just 21 snaps, but was as disruptive as any defender on the team. He compiled three QB hits, the most impressive of which came at 8:20 of the second quarter, as he bulled left guard Sam Brenner straight back to put a shot on Pat Devlin, who threw an interception on the play.

Where do they find these guys?

In yet another case of the Saints finding a late round or undrafted gem at running back, Khiry Robinson continued his fine preseason display as he received his highest workload of the preseason. He gained 5.3 YPC on his 22 carries while forcing six missed tackles. That brings his total to 24 total forced missed tackles this preseason, the highest number of any running back, also tying him for the league-lead in our Elusive Rating. Even when his runs weren’t going for long gains, Robinson was a load to bring down on nearly every single one – his one yard gain at 2:22 of the third quarter a testament to that fact.

His work in the receiving game hasn’t been bad either, as he caught six passes for 50 yards in this game to go along with five catches in his previous three games. On another team there would be no doubt that Robinson makes the roster, but with New Orleans’ loaded backfield – even with the departure of Chris Ivory earlier this offseason – the team has a tough decision on its hands.


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Good defensive stands inside the 20. That's about it.
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No one that was playing is still here............
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