#WhoDatHeadlinersSoundoff : The Good , The Bad , The Ugly
Day 40 of "53 in 53", with a new player up daily from the Saints 53 man roster to sound off on. We wanna hear your thoughts on the players individually, so comment below
Yesterday we had Stephone Anthony, today we bring you #DelvinBreaux.
He wasn't drafted coming into the league, but New Orleans' own Delvin Breaux's story is a unique one of true toughness and resiliency. He was on his way to playing for LSU when he suffered a horrible neck injury in high school that could have killed him or even at the least had him where he couldn't walk anymore. Thankfully neither happened. He kept at it, and while he couldn't play football at LSU they honored his scholarship while he was there. When he was finally cleared to play football, he ended up in the GDFL (gridiron developmental football league), then the AFL (arena football league) and then CFL (Canadian football league) where he became a standout CB and how the Saints noticed him. In 2015 he had a workout with his hometown team the Saints and impressed coach Sean Payton enough to sign him.
Blessed with great speed and footwork, and vice grips for hands, Breaux can a be downright nightmare to have to deal with if you're a WR. Just ask Julio Jones and Mike Evans for example. But sometimes he may get a bit too grabby and holding penalties could occur. But all in all, when he's healthy he's a true shutdown CB that's a huge part of the defense going forward. Hopefully he's past those nagging leg and shoulder injuries that plagued him in 2016 and he can play at an elite level. Thoughts on Delvin Breaux aka #BreauxShow, who's about to be a father soon so be sure to congratulate him on that as well.
What to like:
1⃣ Thick bodied edge rusher who mainly rushes with his hand in the ground but rushes standing up a few times.
2⃣ Great snap awareness. (6:57)
3⃣ Deceptively fast first step. (9:32)
4⃣ Uses his hands to keep the OL 's hands off of him. (11:25)
5⃣ Pursues the ball downfield.
6⃣ Tennessee uses him to drop into underneath zones a few times. Drops into the curl zone, see the ball thrown to the flat, smoothly transitions to a sprint then nails the TE.
7⃣ Has the ability to dip his shoulder low, run the arch and flatten to the QB. (5:46)
8⃣ Relentless rusher. Plays to the whistle.
What not to like:
1⃣ He'll have to further develop his other pass rush moves to counter with his speed rush.