Steve: Who to keep an eye on in Saints vs. Texans
Ok, so the Saints defense beat up on maybe the worst team in the NFL last week. Sure it was nice to see the Black and Gold getting after the quarterback and creating turnovers, but can they bring the “SACK ATTACK” to H-Town? If they can, it will be a sign of great things to come this season since the Texans have one of the best offensive lines in the league.
With starters playing well into the 3rd quarter this game, he’s who I’ll be keying in on:
Left Tackle Charles Brown
Charlie Brown has been no clown through training camp and the first 2 preseason games BUT the Texans defensive front is scary. Houston’s D was top 5 in the NFL in sacks last year and is led by the relentless J.J. Watt.
Seeing how Brown holds up under this stress test will be a good indicator if he’s truly ready to protect Brees’ blindside.
Defensive End Glenn Foster
Foster has comes out the gates with sacks in back-to-back games and leads the ballclub with 3 total. He’s highly explosive and has a ton of confidence in his abilities. Can he make it 3 straight games with a sack?
Linebacker Ramon Humber
Coach Sean Payton said of Humber’s last game, “I thought he looked great. He played well, he played exceptionally well. I thought it was probably one of his better games that I’ve seen at linebacker.”
Humber had 9 tackles with a sack against Oakland and could very well see al lot more playing time at inside linebacker with Jonathan Vilma’s status uncertain following a knee scope.
Running Back Khiry Robinson
He was on my last week and I keep on looking forward to seeing more and more of this kid. K-Rob runs with authority and feasted on Chiefs and Raiders defenders to a tune of 4.6 yards per carry. Now, I’m not getting too worked up because it was against both team’s 3rd team defenses, but Robinson defiantly has that “it” factor.
Travaris Cadet better hold onto the rock or Robinson may just pass him on the depth chart…if he hasn’t already.
Wide Receiver Nick Toon
Mark Ingram only waltzed into the end zone last week after Toon was brought down at the 1 yard line after a 56 yard reception. It was his only catch of the game and I anticipate that we’ll see him get more involved in the offense this week like the Saints 1st contest versus K.C.
Toon is looking good after missing his entire rookie year last season with a foot injury. You can see he is definitely getting more and more comfortable in the offense and is an attractive target standing 6-3.