Saints linebacker Adam Bighill feels like he played pretty well in the team’s preseason finale against the Ravens. The CFL acquisition had himself quite a game, finishing with 11 total tackles on the night (8 solo, 3 combined) and a pass defense in Thursday night’s 14-13 loss. For perspective, the next closest Saints defender had four tackles.
On his performance and whether or not he did enough to make the roster, Bighill said in his post game locker room interview, “I’m not gonna say on behalf of the staff and what they want to do with me. I did the best I could, fly around and make plays, and gave it all I had.”
Bighill has increasingly grown in popularity and has caught the eye of many with his ability to be around the ball and fly over the field. In fact, it’s one of the very traits that he used during his six seasons with the BC Lions to earn several defensive awards in his time in the CFL.
“I know I can play in this league and I know I can help this team win, I just hope I have the opportunity to do so.”
The only play Bighill would have liked to have back was a near interception early in the game.
“I had it in my hands, and just for whatever reason it didn’t stick. It’s one of those that you would have loved to start the game off with that, and had it again I know I make that play.”
Bighill, who joined the Saints in early January on a three-year deal, has put on a full display of his skills during the preseason. Against the Ravens, he was quick to point out that he went the distance.
“I feel like I showed up in the right places and did it with intensity and physicality and played every snap on defense and special teams tonight. I proved that I can battle through the elements and be a warrior.”
It seems that Sean Payton and the rest of the staff will have a hard time cutting Bighill, and even despite injuries to Stephone Anthony and Nathan Stupar, it feels as though he’s earned his way a spot with the 2017 Saints. Still, the fierce competitiveness Bighill brings to the table has been a trait that has long followed him.
“At the end of the day, I’m going to battle as hard as I can to compete, and I want it more than the other guy.”
Bighill stressed that that’s the type of culture the Saints want and the type of people the Saints need in their organization. In turn, his hard work could have very well landed him a roster spot.