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Analyzing the 2014 projected starting defense for the New Orleans Saints

Champ Bailey is bringing his veteran leadership to New Orleans.
Champ Bailey is bringing his veteran leadership to New Orleans.
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With 100 days until the 2014 NFL season officially begins, the defense of the New Orleans Saints has already started getting in some work. Offseason Training Activities (OTAs) are set to begin soon, but the new secondary of the Saints wanted to start building their chemistry early. On May 27, 2014, featured the projected starters for the Saints and it is time to take a deeper look at things.

The Saints had a much improved defense in 2013, and it looks like they've only gotten better during this offseason. A few rookies and some key free agent acquisitions have the 2014 Saints' defense looking better than they have in years.

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Even though there isn't a lot of experience there, the Saints may be looking at one of the most talented starting safety tandems in the NFL. Second-year player Kenny Vaccaro will be back from injury and starting at strong safety while free agent pickup Jairus Byrd will take over at free safety.


Making the secondary even stronger will be Kennan Lewis at one cornerback position and veteran Champ Bailey at the other. The good thing is that New Orleans has a ton of depth at this position with Corey White, a returning Patrick Robinson, Rod Sweeting, and rookie Stanley Jean-Baptiste.


Since the Saints now run a 3-4 defense, that puts Junior Galette and Parys Haralson as the starting outside linebackers. David Hawthorne and Curtis Lofton will start as inside linebackers, and create an incredibly dominant second line of defense.

It is possible that Victor Butler could start in place of Haralson on the outside, but that is a battle that will take place this summer at training camp.

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Defensive End

Junior Galette could also play defensive end at times, but the outstanding Cam Jordan will start on the right side while Akiem Hicks takes over the left. These are extremely strong bookends for the defensive line and will create nightmares for opposing offensive lines.

Defensive Tackle

John Jenkins has shown a lot of worth, but Brodrick Bunkley will end up the starting defensive tackle in the middle of the line for the Saints. Combined with Jordan and Hicks, the defensive line is really going to be a strong point for New Orleans.

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