By Andrew Schuster @ShootsMcGavin on June 5, 2014
After a strong draft and a nice little dip into the free-agent market, the New Orleans Saints have beefed up their already loaded roster. The Black and Gold look to do big things in 2014 in hopes of returning the Lombardi Trophy to the Big Easy. With that in mind, let's go ahead and take a peek at the Saints' five most intriguing players heading into the new season.
Galette finished second on the team in sacks last year with 12. Heading into 2013, he was a player I had my eye on. As soon as Rob Ryan came over from Dallas, I knew that new and improved defense was going to be a great fit for Galette. His Pro-Bowl caliber tendencies should help him be a dominant force on the outside again in 2014. A roster spot in Hawaii is a definite possibility for the young pass rusher.
The Saints traded up to the No. 20 overall pick to select Brandin Cooks in the 2014 NFL Draft. He is a versatile athlete with quick feet, explosiveness and an uncanny ability to separate himself from defenders. Cooks is a perfect fit for New Orleans' high-powered offense. The fastest wideout in his draft class is going to see adequate playing time from the start and could quickly become one of Drew Brees' favorite targets.
Kenny Vaccaro was one of the top defensive rookies in 2013. He finished third on the team in total tackles with 79 and also racked up a sack, an interception and a forced fumble. He doesn't seem to have many flaws; he can tackle, he can cover and he can stretch the sidelines. Vaccaro will look to take the next the step in becoming a dominant safety in 2014. His ability is undeniable and his potential is endless.
Cam Jordan led the Saints in sacks with 12.5 in 2013 and earned his first ever trip to the Pro Bowl. His sack totals have increased every year since his rookie season in 2011, which makes you wonder if the numbers are going to keep rising. Jordan is a dominant and consistent pass rusher; he could very well make several more Pro Bowl appearances over the span of his career. Look for him to have another huge year in 2014.
The Saints made a huge splash in free agency when they signed the best safety available and one of the top free safeties in the league. Since entering the NFL in 2009, Jairus Byrd leads all players at his position in interceptions with 22 and is a three-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection. Placing the ball hawk in Rob Ryan's aggressive defense was one of the biggest moves all offseason by any team.
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