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5 Questions with Big Blue View on Mario Edwards

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Our friend Edward over at SB Nation’s Big Blue View on the New York Giants, was kind enough to answer a few questions about one of the new additions to the New Orleans Saints: DE Mario Edwards Jr.

The New York Giants claimed Mario Edwards off waivers before the 2018 season and kept him for just a year from the Oakland Raiders. In hindsight, was the claim fruitful or a waste?

Honestly, it was sort of “meh.” He only played 232 snaps in 15 games. Just a rotational guy who really didn’t do much.

What would you say Edwards’s ceiling is in New Orleans? His floor?

I think he is intriguing athletically, but there just isn’t much production there. He’s got 7.5 sacks in 45 games, which isn’t great. Two teams that needed pass rush (Oakland and New York) gave up on him.

The Giants defense struggled in 2018 - would the loss of Edwards be a net gain for the G-Men, or will his presence be missed?

I was a little surprised Edwards didn’t get more playing time, but he was really just roster fill for a Giants team that wasn’t very good defensively.

Last year, were there any locker room concerns as far as Edwards is concerned?

None that I’m aware of.

Edwards signed a 2-year, $4.7 million dollar deal to come to New Orleans with just under a million guaranteed. Was this an overpay, did they get a bargain, or was it just right?

It’s more than I would have given him, but it’s not that big of an issue. Maybe the Saints are paying for potential, since he is still just 24.

Thank-you, for taking the time to talk with us! Saints fans, make sure you check out their work over at Big Blue View. You can follow them on Twitter at @BigBlueView and Edward @Valentine_Ed. Of course, as always, you can follow me on Twitter @dunnellz.