The New Orleans Saints had their best defensive performance since 2013 last season, sparking a return to the playoffs for the first time in four years. One of the reasons for this was stout play from the middle of their defensive line. Today’s training camp preview takes a look at a position that didn’t show up much on the stat sheet, but was an important part of the team’s 2017 success.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE
Key Losses: none
Key Additions: Jay Bromley (free agent, Giants)

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The Saints drafted Sheldon Rankins with the 12th overall selection of the 2016 draft in hopes that he would be the disruptive interior presence that the defense had been missing for years. Rankins had 4 sacks in that rookie season during just 9 games of action, having been slowed by a leg injury suffered in the preseason.

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