As we count down from 50 days until the New Orleans Saints begin their regular season in Atlanta, on September 7th, we're getting to know a little bit about those players who have signed on to bring home another Lombardi trophy.
Today, we take a brief look at cornerback Keenan Lewis and offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe!
So, with no more ado:
4 WEEKS UNTIL ATLANTA!!!
#28 CB Keenan Lewis (6th year, 2nd with Saints)
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers out of Oregon State in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Keenan Lewis was lured to New Orleans Saints last year despite interest from several teams, including the team that drafted him. Originally from New Orleans, where he grew up on the Westbank, Lewis has had a successful return to his hometown. The only member of the Saints secondary to start every contest last year, he posted 40 tackles (33 solo), a career-high four interceptions, and nine passes defensed for the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense in both yardage and scoring.
Over the course of his five-year NFL career, Lewis has appeared in 61 games with 33 starts, registering 151 tackles (127 solo), five interceptions, 43 passes defensed and one forced fumble. His four interceptions during the 2013 regular season tied him for 8th in the NFC and 11th in the NFL. In the postseason this past January, Keenan made seven tackles (six solo) and two passes defensed. This summer, Lewis has continued last year's significant effort with a great preseason, and is widely considered a lock as the #1 starting corner for the Saints in 2014.
For more information on our top cornerback, check out Tee Word's article.
5 yr(s) / $25,550,000. Average: $5,110,000 per year through 2017.
#78 OT Ty Nsekhe (1st year)
After playing football at Texas State, Ty Nsekhe began his professional career in 2009, when he was selected for the Corpus Christi Sharks. From 2009-2012 Nsekhe played for the Dallas Vigilantes, Philadelphia Soul, and San Antonio Talons of the Arena Football League, before being selected by the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent on August 1, 2012. A month later, he was released by the Colts and signed by the Saint Louis Rams. After being listed on the active roster for two games, and doing nothing, Nsekhe was released to the Saint Louis Rams' practice squad in September 2012. He was released by the team in August 2013.
The 28-year-old tackle was signed by the Saints to a reserve/future contract in January 2014, and has yet to make a name for himself in the preseason. The only thing Nsekhe has really done thus far to get his name in headlines was to tweet out a degrading comment about members of the armed forces when he was still with the Rams.
2 yr(s) / $1,087,500. Average: $543,750 per year through 2015.