Walker: The Saints do not need Jadeveon Clowney to live up to Super Bowl dreams
Jadeveon Clowney was a desire, not a requirement.
That’s the good news for the New Orleans Saints.
Yes, protective coordinator Dennis Allen could have utilized the three-time Pro Bowl protective end and previous No. 1 general pick to make what should be a great Saints’ defense even greater.
Heck, every group in the NFL might utilize a player like Clowney.
But Sunday’s news that the free representative decided to sign with the Tennessee Titans rather of the Saints should not get Saints fans too developed.
The Saints were a genuine Super Bowl competitor prior to the Clowney-to-New Orleans buzz started swirling.
And the Saints stay a genuine after Clowney after made it official by signing his 1 year deal with the Titans.
Would the Saints have been much better with Clowney?
But the Saints– assuming they stay healthy at the defensive end area opposite Web cam Jordan– must be just fine.
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Specifically if Marcus Davenport is as improved as Sean Payton anticipates him to be in his 3rd season.
The numbers state the Saints will be fine, too.
Davenport recorded 10 1/2 sacks in 2018 and 2019, his first 2 years in the league. Clowney taped simply a little bit much better (12 sacks) in that same amount of time.
Davenport in fact had more sacks (six) than Clowney (3) in 2019.
Which’s not even consisting of the 4 1/2 sacks last season by Trey Hendrickson and the one sack by Carl Granderson, one of the brightest stars on defense throughout training school.
Including Clowney to the mix would have just made the defense a lot more disruptive, which is why Payton and two members of his personnel flew to Houston to make a sales pitch to Clowney on Friday. It was the day before the Saints had to cut their lineup to 53 gamers.
Clowney won’t be on it, rather opting for the larger payday they had the ability to use him in Nashville. According to an NFL.com report, the Saints wanted Clowney so bad they tried to get another team to sign him to attempt to exercise a trade to help with the number crunching problems of the salary cap. But Payton needs to be pleased with the lineup he and his staff put together. The Saints have a lot of skill, lots of experience and lots of depth, all essential ingredients to the dish it requires to make a go to the Super Bowl that has eluded them these past few years.
There really weren’t any major surprises on who made this year’s team.
OK, so there was one.
No one expected to see Blake Gillikin make the cut. The Saints currently have among the best punters in the league in Thomas Morstead, but they decided to keep the rookie punter.
The finest guess here is the Saints didn’t desire to run the risk of waiving Gillikin and let some other group select him up prior to Sunday’s deadline to clam players off waivers. It’s an indication that in this COVID-19 season, the Saints are attempting to have every single base covered. If something were to take place to Morstead, they have someone they can depend on to punt or hang on extra points and field goals.
Just put, the Saints are all in to make sure they dot every “i” and cross every “t” that might turn up this season. When they hit a hole, they desire to have the ability to fill it and keep moving.
Including Clowney no doubt would have made the flight smoother.
But not adding him shouldn’t reduce the expectations of the destination.
Particularly not with a crammed 53-man roster where any piece the Saints add is more of a desire than a requirement.
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