After the departure and Janoris Jenkins this offseason, the New Orleans Saints have obvious issues in the secondary. With Marshon Lattimore potentially facing suspension due to an arrest in Ohio earlier this offseason, there’s a strong possibility the Saints could have been forced to lean on 33-year-old Patrick Robinson and third-round rookie Paulson Adebo as their starting corners.
That’s why it should come as no surprise the Saints are looking for help in the secondary, with help expected to come from none other than former New York Jets (and Atlanta Falcons) cornerback Brian Poole.
Free agent DB Brian Poole tells me he intends to sign a 1-year deal with the New Orleans #Saints on Monday.— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 25, 2021
The aforementioned Patrick Robinson was originally brought in to address the slot corner position, and that’s really where he, Poole, and C.J. Gardner-Johnson all thrive.
Poole has primarily been a slot corner throughout his career. He was pretty good for the Jets the last two seasons.— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) July 25, 2021
According to PFF, #Saints Nee signing Brian Poole scored a 79.5 coverage grade in 2020 ( )— Ross Jackson (@RossJacksonNOLA) July 25, 2021
40 targets (32 in slot)
27 Receptions (67.5%)
5 forced incompletions
3 PBUs, 2 INTs
0 TDs allowed
64.7 passer rating when targeted
Only 9 games in 2020 due to shoulder injury.
At 28-years-old, it might be difficult to ask Poole to adjust to playing the outside cornerback position - the position where the Saints truly need help. But if someone like Garnder-Johnson, only 23-years-old, were able to show an ability to be able to play outside consistently, it might open the door for a player like Poole to step up and make the final roster.
In any event, Poole is excited be a part of the New Orleans Saints by all accounts, and he’s surely ready to make new highlights as a member of the Fleur-de-Lis. As it stands now, his best highlight involving the Saints was as one of the two Atlanta Falcons who was put in a blender by Drew Brees’s spin move.