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SCOUT'S notes: McAllister gives Saints new look
There has been a lot of talk regarding Ricky Williams' trade to the Dolphins, but what about the man who will be staying in New Orleans?
Deuce McAllister is his name. And what effect will he play on the Saints' offense?
Cowboys hope Glover adds sacks
The Dallas Cowboys had one of the top defenses in the NFL last season, but didn't create many turnovers. Although they were scrappy against the run, they only had 24 sacks. With minimal results in getting to the quarterback, their secondary wasn't in a position to make many plays.
Enter former Saints' defensive tackle La'Roi Glover.
Glover is a very active interior presence who should create more plays for the Cowboys. He's on the small side and will get neutralized at the point of attack, which happened more often than New Orleans' coaches liked. But his strength is shooting gaps and making things happen in the opposing backfield with his quickness and motor. And that's what he'll be asked to do in Dallas.
Now the onus falls on the rest of the defensive line. Glover figures to see more attention from opposing blockers than the rest of the starters. Dallas doesn't exactly have Norman Hand, Joe Johnson, and Darren Howard on their roster. Greg Ellis is a dependable guy who will make some plays, but not enough to scare teams. Ebenezer Ekuban is coming back from an injury and still hasn't shown he can be a blue-chip pass rusher despite his tools. Inside, Brandon Noble is a competent scrapper who occupies blockers, but isn't a space eater like Hand. Although Glover should be effective putting pressure on the quarterback, the Cowboys still need another playmaker up front to anchor their defensive line. But the only other move they might make defensively is adding a playmaker in the secondary. We'll see what they have in mind on draft day as they re-evaluate their defense with Glover now part of the equation.
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Carter address major problem for Saints
If veteran cornerback Dale Carter can stay out of harm's way and play to his ability, the New Orleans Saints should have a much better pass defense next season. Last fall, their secondary gave up several big plays in the air because they lacked speed. Carter is the matchup type they need due to his size, speed and physical skills to shut down opposing receivers. He'll join Fred Thomas in the starting lineup, but don't be surprised if another cover guy is added to upgrade their overall depth. Carter's presence should also take pressure off veteran free safety Jay Bellamy, who won't have to worry about Carter's side of the field.
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