Saints sign veteran linebacker
The Saints have signed veteran free-agent middle linebacker Ronald McKinnon to a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday.
McKinnon started 10 of 16 games for Arizona in 2004 and finished third on the team in tackles. McKinnon was the teamÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s leading tackler from 1999-2003.
The team had been looking for some veteran linebacker help for their youthfu
Ronald McKinnon (65): McKinnon does not make a lot of mistakes, does not take false steps and takes very good angles to the ball. Can sift through the wash and does an excellent job avoiding blocks. However, he makes most of his plays once the ball gets to the second level, but nonetheless is a solid tackler. He is at his best when slipping blocks and making plays in space. The problem with McKinnon is that he is short and squatty and is not a step up and plug linebacker. He does not have a lot of range, gets engulfed vs. bigger offensive blockers, struggles to stack and shed and will get overpowered at the point of attack if he can't beat the block. He lacks sideline to sideline speed and is not overly effective in pass coverage. Overall, McKinnon is on the downside of his career.
Good idea for depth and teaching for a VERY young (and those vets who don't have a clue) LB corps.
Not Sexy but prudent I say.
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