5 New Orleans Saints Who Need to Help “Cage” the Lions

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Aug 20, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (59) sits on the sideline during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Dannell Ellerbe, Weakside Linebacker

Ellerbe has only played 4 out of the Saints 11 games so far this season, but this is a VASTLY different defense when he is a part of it on the field.

Much has been written about Ellerbe’s inability to be a more reliable presence (health-wise) in the New Orleans lineup; but in recent weeks he has been a dominant force from his “Will” / weakside linebacker position — providing both a fearsome pass rush and a consistent presence in pass coverage.

The Lions running backs may not provide a big threat on the ground, but they are legitimate pass recieving threats.

Ellerbe and fellow “Mike” / middle linebacker Craig Robertson’s ability to cover them will be a key match up all afternoon.