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drake20
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Saints signing CB Brian Poole
1 year deal.


Ryan3232
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
Anyone have an inside scoop on why he was unsigned up to this point?


saints5021
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
Isn't he more of a slot cb?


drake20
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
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Anyone have an inside scoop on why he was unsigned up to this point?


A lot of good free agents left. I would attribute it to the weird Covid year and the cap drop.


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whodatfan
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
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Isn't he more of a slot cb?


PJ to outside after Latt suspended.


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drake20
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
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isn't he more of a slot cb?


Yep. Which is the part that doesn’t make much sense to me. Good player though.
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GMoney2600
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
He's a damn good slot CB. Like really fricking good.

I'm a little surprised that we signed him, but I'll take it.

This does allow us to use CGJ in different spots as well. The FO has a plan...hopefully it works.
This post was edited on 7/25 at 4:48 pm


GMoney2600
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
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Some help for the secondary is on the way: NFL insider Josina Anderson reports that defensive back Brian Poole expects to sign a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints on Monday, July 26. Poole, 28, spent the last two years with the New York Jets, though his 2020 season was cut short with a shoulder injury after nine games.

What’s interesting here is that Poole has primarily defended the slot throughout his NFL career. Per Pro Football Focus, 359 of his 482 snaps (74%) on defense came over the slot; in 2019, that trend continued with 628 of his 749 defensive snaps (83%) starting from the slot.

That’s the alignment where fiery Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson has had the most success, so maybe New Orleans envisions moving Gardner-Johnson around more in his third year with the team — possibly playing out on the boundary opposite Marshon Lattimore. The Saints still don’t have an easy replacement in the building for Janoris Jenkins at the No. 2 cornerback spot, and Gardner-Johnson could be as viable an option as anyone else they have. But what’s clear is that Poole is a slot specialist.

If Poole’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he started his career with the NFC South-rival Atlanta Falcons. He totaled 196 tackles (145 solo, 11 tackles for loss) in 47 games over three years with Atlanta, also suiting up for five playoff contests. He’s intercepted 7 passes (four with the Falcons, three in New York) while racking up 31 passes defensed in his 70-game career.

What’s interesting is that he’s also been asking to rush the passer often on blitzes, and he’s had some success at it by averaging 7.6 pressures on 26.4 tries per year, with 5 career sacks. For context, Gardner-Johnson bagged 8 pressures on 38 blitzes last season. Poole is a good fit for Dennis Allen’s aggressive style and, if nothing else, should grant the Saints more flexibility in the secondary.

The contract terms are yet to be announced, but it’s unlikely to make a big impact on the Saints’ accounting books. New Orleans has more than $11 million in salary cap space, and the reported one-year deal for Poole shouldn’t be too hefty. As far as scheme fit and finances go, this looks like a smart pairing. We just need to see how his arrival impacts Gardner-Johnson’s responsibilities, if at all, once the Saints kick off training camp next week.


Suntiger
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
I could see us platooning the CB spot. I could also see CGJ getting suspended at some point because of all his talking. People will be looking to set him up this year after the past few years.


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Melvin
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
I really don’t like the idea of moving CGJ from his spot. He was so good last year and style of play is perfect for that position.


lsutigers1992
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
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Anyone have an inside scoop on why he was unsigned up to this point?


Unless you’re a tier 1 or 2 guy who pick his team, you might as well wait until a good situation falls in his lap.

Once Sherman became toxic, his demand rose exponentially.


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tigersquad89
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
Just depends on how good he is on the outside.


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GynoSandberg
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
Some teams’ best WR is their slot guy, and the are often times more than 1 slot WR in the formation. Then you have the TEs and RBs lining up there. It’s never been more important then now to have solid slot defenders


GMoney2600
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
CGJ is good in the slot, but some WR's give him problems.

Last year, Robby Anderson (Panthers) abused him all game long. We have to go up against him twice, & I'm betting that Poole would be the better matchup against Anderson.

We're loaded at slot CB now...

CGJ
Brian Poole
PJ Williams
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Chalkywhite84
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
Poole is a really good pickup at this point in the off season.


Delusional
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
Falcons stank all over him


Chalkywhite84
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
Steven nelson signed with the eagles for 4 mil.

Doesn't make sense to me why the saints didn't bring him in for a visit.


GMoney2600
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
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Steven nelson signed with the eagles for 4 mil.


Damn. I'd take that in a heartbeat


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GMoney2600
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
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Poole is a really good pickup at this point in the off season.


He was probably top 10 in available Free Agents.

A lot of places had him ranked higher than Steven Nelson at CB


GMoney2600
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re: Saints signing CB Brian Poole
Here's the DB positions after the addition of Poole...

-Marshon Lattimore - outside CB
-Paulson Adebo - outside CB
-Brian Poole - slot CB & SS
-Patrick Robinson - outside CB
-Ken Crawley - outside CB
-Grant Haley
-Keith Washington
-Bryce Thompson
-Lawrence Woods

-Marcus Williams - FS
-Malcolm Jenkins - SS & slot CB
-CGJ - slot CB & SS
-PJ Williams - Any DB position really
-J.T. Gray - FS
-Eric Burrell
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