Playing along side the future defensive Rookie of the Year in Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints CB Ken Crawley had himself a solid, if unspectacular, year in 2017. Big things were expected of Crawley in 2018 in the Saints secondary, as the Saints were hoping Crawley could take a step forward in his second full year as a starter.
Instead, the Saints saw Crawley struggle mightily in the first few games to open the 2018 regular season, forcing the Saints to address the position by trading for former first round pick Eli Apple from the New York Giants.
Crawley appeared in only 10 games for the Saints in 2018, starting only five, with six passes defended, and no interceptions.
Ken Crawley - At a Glance
- Approximate Value: 2 (half his value from the year before)
- Defensive Grade: 50.8
- Coverage Grade: 48.9
- Total Snaps: 409 snaps on defense and 21 on special teams
To say Crawley was a disappointment in 2018 would be putting it mildly. Just look at these rankings:
Crawley graded out at 50.7 this year - that would rank 124th out of the 131 CBs. It's a big shift from his 2017 form which saw him grade out at 77.6 which ranked 27/126 a year ago.— PFF NO Saints (@PFF_Saints) February 14, 2019
It’s to be determined what happens with Crawley and his long-term future with the Saints. Hopefully he’s able to rebound and re-gain his confidence sooner rather than later, because a player even Crawley’s caliber makes an excellent depth piece to keep around.
At least we know how some in the Saints Twitter feel about him...
I watch crawley shut down #2 wr by himself last year. (No safety help) The reason ) i was more impressed with him over lattimore. Of course lattimore better. His coverage skills was so sticky. I didnt care about not turning your head. Dont lose the Wr getting open— Billy bando (@Billybando1) December 1, 2018