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New Orleans Saints rookie roundup heading into Week 5 against Washington

We look at usage and performance heading into Week 5

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The New Orleans Saints sit at .500 thanks to an ugly loss to the then winless New York Giants on Sunday. New Orleans fell to New York 27-21 after leading by 21-10 in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Jameis Winston went 17-of-23 passing for 226 yards and a touchdown. Running back Alvin Kamara carried the workload on the ground with 26 rushes for 120 yards but did not see a target through the air for the first time in his five-year career.

Pete Werner steps up

60th overall pick Pete Werner had himself a game. The former Ohio State linebacker started alongside Demario Davis and saw the field for 40 of the defense’s 63 snaps. Werner recorded 10 tackles, one for loss, and six stops.

The Saints will need another solid performance from Werner if they want to contain Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson on Sunday afternoon.

Paulson Adebo and the secondary got torched

Third-rounder Paulson Adebo once again played 100% of snaps on defense. He started at cornerback opposite of Marshon Lattimore and recorded four tackles, but New Orleans’ secondary allowed a career-high 402 passing yards from Giants quarterback Daniel Jones.

Adebo was one of the worst offenders, allowing eight catches for 173 yards and a touchdown. Lattimore wasn’t much better allowing 114 yards and a touchdown on five targets.

Payton Turner is slowly coming along

28th overall pick Payton Turner did not record a single stat in week three against New England. He saw just under half of the team’s defensive snaps with 29.

This time around, Turner seems to have started making the most of his opportunities, recording one tackle and two quarterback hits.

Landon Young relegated to special teams

Landon Young, a sixth-round pick from Kentucky, saw just four special teams snaps - all of which came on extra points and a field goal attempt.

Should Ian Book get an opportunity?

New Orleans took Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book with their fourth-round pick. Although he’s been a healthy scratch in every game this season, it’s worth speculating that an opportunity could be in store for him down the line.

Saints coach Sean Payton is known to get fancy with second-string quarterback Taysom Hill, so why not try to throw Book into the mix?

After four games, the Saints rank 31st in passing yards (576) and passing yards per game (144.0). Their aerial attack in the post-Drew Brees era clearly isn’t what it used to be. While there is still tons of football left to be played this season, it will be interesting to see when or if Book gets activated for a game or two.

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