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One of the most demoralizing things for a defense is watching a team run all over them.

It's a helpless feeling. It sets a tone for the game. It's painful for the players to experience.

So, the Saints were often crestfallen last season after allowing 4.9 yards per carry. Put another way that figure was the equivalent of having Le'Veon Bell (4.9 yards per carry) or Todd Gurley (4.8) carry the ball each time it was on the ground last season.



Getting better up the middle was one of the main goals for the Saints this offseason. They improved at three-technique defensive tackle by signing Nick Fairley and Sheldon Rankins, which should help some against the run, and provide a better interior pass rush. The nose tackle position was left alone, but it now appears that Tyeler Davison has a shot to emerge at the position.

“He’s been doing well. He’s been winning the get-off," coach Sean Payton said. "He’s someone that is exceptionally quick, and I think the nature of how he plays—even when we saw him on college film — I think that pad level and that get-off, for him, in this defense has helped him. He’s done a few things that have stood out.”

Davison has certainly stood out. His play over the first few days of camp elevated him into the starting rotation, in place of incumbent nose tackle John Jenkins. Since then, he's routinely blown up runs and has recorded a few pressures. The good news is that Jenkins has continued to perform well with the second-team defense and has picked up two sacks during team drills this week.

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Correction: Tyeler Davison HAS made the leap in his second season...
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So we might have Davison starting and a solid yet unspectacular Jenkins backing him up. I can live with that.
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So we might have Davison starting and a solid yet unspectacular Jenkins backing him up. I can live with that.
I'm really excited about this. So Jenkins didn't turn out to be an every down NT... There's no shame in that. He could be much more effective as a rotational guy which only benefits us. I think Davison will be a stud. They don't call him "Rhino" for nothing!
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Rankins and Davison are young also . We got 2 good starting blocks to possibly buid on for a long time.
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We will have at least one unexpected beast on defense this year. There will be some "where did this guy come from" type of moments
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Good thing he's stepping up. Jenkins brought his skates to training camp thinking it was the park. lol
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