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Roster turnovers are normal in the NFL from season to season, especially if the team in question failed to make the playoffs the prior year.

But for the New Orleans Saints, the defensive makeover certainly falls on the extreme side.

When they face the Arizona Cardinals in their season opener on Sunday, the Saints will likely be playing only four of their 11 defensive starters from one year ago.

Brodrick Bunkey, Junior Galette, Curtis Lofton and Corey White were released in the offseason. Patrick Robinson wasn't re-signed in free agency. Keenan Lewis and Jairus Byrd are currently sidelined with injuries.

If the Cardinals and quarterback Carson Palmer, who is returning from an ACL tear last season, are trying to study Saints film, last season wouldn't be much help to them.

"It's easier when you know who the starters are and what their roles are," said Cardinals coach Bruce Arians. "When you are opening up, there are new faces and injured players on both sides, it's a little bit of a chess game."

With so many new faces, and two injured starters, the lone holdovers from the beginning of last season are Akiem Hicks, Cam Jordan, David Hawthorne and Kenny Vaccaro. It will stay that way until Lewis and Byrd return.

Then there's safety Rafael Bush, who, at this point last season, was a role player who ended up starting seven games after Byrd went down with a knee injury.

Bush also ended up on IR in November after fracturing his fibula, but has had significant experience in the Saints system as a starter and is feeling healthy again.

As for the rest—they'll be learning as they go.



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Old 09-09-2015, 10:59 PM   #2
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bend do not break is all i hope for. 60% of the drives inside the 40 and give up 3s is a good thing. may take a few games but Drew must not come on the field and feel he needs to put 7s every time he touches the ball.
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I think we may be in for a nice surprise on D. I'm refusing to judge this D based on a few preseason games. Even though they looked bad, they did look pretty good against the Pats. We'll see...
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Who are these guys. LOL
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Keenan Lewis is going to hurt big time

I don't even know who Byrd is

Vaccaro better wake up
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Dear frippen god. More injuries then you can shake a stick at. No cohesion anywhere in the D.
This could be a long year.
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The entire pre-season consisted of about 3 minutes of play with "most" of our starters.

No one knows if this defense will be good or bad. But I'm pretty sure it won't be worse than last year.
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Who are these guys. LOL
Excuse me for being presumptuous but I think you meant Who Dat!
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Carson Palmer sucks. We'll be fine.
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