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Ken Crawley showed hints of old self in 2020

At worst, he’s a valuable bench piece.

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Ken Crawley has had an interesting career with the New Orleans Saints.

He’s been viewed as an underappreciated, up-and-coming cornerback who the Saints could potentially build around. He’s also been viewed as a player that’s not even replacement level and should be cut by the team as soon as possible, and everything in between.

In 2020, how was he viewed? Well, he wasn’t really.

Crawley saw a total of 11 snaps on defense last season, just three seasons removed from playing 820 snaps in the 2017 season. Life comes at you fast, huh?

Crawley played well with his limited play, actually earning the third-highest defensive grade on the entire team from Pro Football Focus (behind on David Onyemata and Cam Jordan), but it’s hard to take a PFF grade seriously with such a small sample size. The grade is pulled heavily by the fact that of Crawley’s 11 snaps, one of them resulted in an interception.

Crawley did see a bit more time on special teams this year, playing in 56 totals snaps, or approximately 12% of the team’s special teams total.

A free agent this offseason, Crawley could very well re-sign with the Saints yet again to provide depth in the secondary at a relatively inexpensive price tag, but at 28 years old, he will need to make significant strides relatively quickly if he ever wants to re-gain a starting role on the New Orleans Saints - or any NFL team.

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