How many defensive backs can one team use? It looks like we'll find out this year with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints secondary seemed a bit overcrowded when they loaded up on defensive backs in free agency and the draft. But based on what we've seen from these early offseason practices, there is plenty of room for both the newcomers and the incumbent starters in new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's loaded playbook. So far cornerbacks Keenan Lewis, Jabari Greer, Patrick Robinson, Corey White and A.J. Davis and safeties Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins, Jim Leonhard, Kenny Vaccaro and Rafael Bush have all taken snaps with the first-string defense in various packages. The Saints featured six defensive backs on the field together in some of their dime looks. Players said there are even packages involving eight defensive backs on the field at the same time. "I don't want to give it away too early. But we do have multiple looks in which we're getting everybody involved," Greer said. "So hide your wife, hide your kids, because we're coming." "Rob is very creative," Jenkins said. "We've got packages with three safeties, eight DBs, six DBs. Whatever you can think of, he's got it. I'm waiting for 11 DBs on the field at the same time. I'm pretty sure that will come up sooner or later. "But there's plenty of room. And it's all about competition. Everybody's obviously competing for a starting job. But if you're not a starter you're still going to get a significant amount of playing time because we have the creativity and the versatility to do that."
Rob Ryan's defense is flexible enough to fit all of the old and new defensive backs
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Jun 6