With the Saints owning our two lowest-graded safeties this season, it’s been nice to see some production on the back end in the last few weeks in the form of Isa Abdul-Quddus. Forced into full time action with Malcolm Jenkins on IR, Quddus has responded extremely well in the last three games starting and playing 100% of defensive snaps. His performance against the Panthers marked the third time in four games – and his fourth on the season – that he’s graded at or above +1.9 in coverage, a mark neither Jenkins nor Roman Harper reached even once in a combined 29 games and over 2000 defensive snaps.
That right there is ABSURD. IAQ had 3 positive grades in coverage in 4 games, when Harper and Jenkins had 0 in a combined 29 games. 0 positive grades. 0.
Bottom 10 First Downs and Touchdowns Allowed
Malcolm Jenkins NO 466 20 4.29%
Roman Harper NO 569 30 5.27%
Top 10 First Downs and Touchdowns Allowed
8 Isa Abdul-Quddus NO 320 5 1.56%
I know INTs aren't the end-all-be-all stats, but in the last 2 years he has 1 INT, while IAQ, in limited playing time last year had 2. As a FS, 1 INT in 2 years as a starter is pretty horrible.
This post was edited on 3/27 at 8:27 am