Saints DST a Fantasy disaster Sunday against Browns
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) The Saints DST turned out to be a terrible Fantasy play Sunday in Cleveland. They yielded 26 points and 318 yards, forced no turnovers and managed one sack. The New Orleans special teams scored no touchdowns.
They will try to do better next Sunday against the visiting Vikings.
Saints defense blasted by Falcons
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/7/14) As much as the Falcons defense was expected to struggle against the Saints in Week 1, the Saints defense struggled even more on the road against the Falcons, allowing 37 points on a whopping 568 yards.
The Saints recorded just one sack (Tyrunn Walker) and one turnover, a fumble recovered by Corey White. They looked like they had improved defensively last season, only twice allowing even 400 yards. They'll look to bounce back Week 2 at Cleveland.
Corey White has fine first game
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/7/14) Saints defensive back Corey White, getting a chance to start right out of the gate, performed well statistically Week 1 at Atlanta. He had six tackles, all solo, and recovered a fumble in the first quarter.
Jairus Byrd makes impact in first game with Saints
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/7/14) Defensive back Jairus Byrd, who is beginning his first year with the Saints after spending the last five with the Bills, made his presence known Week 1 at Atlanta, stripping the ball from wide receiver Julio Jones late in the first quarter. Teammate Corey White recovered the fumble. Byrd also had five tackles, all solo.
Curtis Lofton finishes strong after leaving early
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/7/14) Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton, who left briefly Week 1 at Atlanta with a neck injury, still managed to lead the team with 10 tackles, including seven solo.
He's been one of the league's leading tacklers over the last few years, recording 125 last year and averaging 129.2 over the last five.
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The Saints defense beat expectations last season, transforming into a stellar 3-4 scheme unit without a dominant pass rush. They finished ranked 19th against the run and second-best against the pass. Yet they spent money and draft picks on improving the secondary by adding safety Jairus Byrd, giving the team one of the best safety tandems in football. They also added veteran Champ Bailey to add experience and depth to the secondary, something that should help second-round pick Stanley Jean-Baptiste out a bunch. Chances are they'll improve their front seven a little bit, making the unit look awfully appealing. The Saints DST finished as a Top 10 unit last season and our bet is that they finish near there again. Even though their season starts at Atlanta, they're worth a pick within the final two rounds of drafts.