Reuben Foster would be a big help to a struggling Saints defense

The ex-Alabama linebacker has been mocked to New Orleans multiple times. PFF premium stats show why Foster would be a big help for the Saints defense.

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Reuben Foster would be a big help to a struggling Saints defense


Reuben Foster has been mocked to the Saints in the seven-round draft by PFF analysts, as well as in Cris Collinsworth’s mock.

  • New Orleans’ defense allowed 4.11 rushing yards/play (15th in the NFL), 7.16 passing yards/play (31st), and 22 first downs per game on average in 2016.
  • The team’s starting linebackers had an average coverage PFF grade of 53.8 and an average run-defense PFF grade of 65.3. Their two free-agent additions, A.J. Klein (PFF grade: 44.6) and Manti Te’o (38.6) don’t appear to be an upgrade.
  • Reuben Foster is an elite talent who would be a tremendous addition to the Saints defense. He was a dominant force in the run game in 2016, with 52 defensive stops on 320 run snaps.
  • Although he was the fifth-most targeted ILB in this draft class in the passing game (56 targets), Foster only gave up 6.6 yards per reception (11th best in this ILB class).

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