Oct 2, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive back B.W. Webb (28) runs the ball as New Orleans Saints inside linebacker Nate Stupar (54) defends during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Nate Stupar, Weakside Linebacker
The Saints linebacking corps is not nearly what many of us thought it would be back in training camp.
James Laurinaitis seems to be “washed up”, Stephone Anthony is not even close to what most thought he would progress to, and Dannell Ellerbe was waste of dry ink on a contract after being acquired in a trade.
Craig Robertson has arguably been the team’s best off-season addition via free agency, but linebacker Nate Stupar has played quite well to overcome not only the ineffectiveness of Anthony and Laurinaitis — but the absence of Ellerbe, whose spot (“Will” / weakside linebacker) Stupar has taken over.
Stupar and Robertson’s ability to contain the running backs in the passing game will be key for the safeties to focus on the athleticism of a certain Seahawks tight end that most Saints fans are familiar with.