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Why the New Orleans Saints Could Win it All New Orleans Saints Hats , Part VII: Linebackers To see previous Parts, click below:Part I: Offensive LinePart II: Running BacksPart III: Wide ReceiversPart IV: Tight EndsPart V: QuarterbacksPart VI: Defensive Line--------------------------------------------------------------------------The Saints made a concerted effort to improve the Linebacking corps in 2017. They added A.J. Klein of the Carolina Panthers and former Notre Dame star Manti Te’o in free agency anddrafted Alex Anzalone out of Florida in the 3rd Round of the 2017 NFL Draft.Then came the injuries. The Saints lost Anzalone early in the season when he was just beginning to show signs of promise. The Saints lost Klein in December to a sports hernia. Like in 2016, Craig Robertson was then thrust back as a starter for the Saints at linebacker and Manti Te’o saw significantly more spans than he would have foreseen at the time of signing the contract.Because of all of the injuries, the Saints were forced to address the position yet again in the 2017-2018 offseason, adding former New York Jets LB Demario Davis early in free agency.So here’s why they’re better in 2018:Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsDemario Davis had a great year for himself on a bad Jets team in 2017. In fact, he had Pro Football Focus’s highest grade for a single game in 2017 with his Week 3 performance against the Miami Dolphins. Davis brings his 97 tackles, 1 fumble recovery and 3 passes defended from 2017 to the Saints linebackers in 2018 New Orleans Saints Hoodie , and should help improve one of the few weaknesses on the defensive side of the ball. Davis’s health should also be noted, as he’s played a full 16 games each of the 5 years of his career.In spite of the trade talks that have circulated, the Saints are slotted to have Klein and Anzalone returning from injury in 2017. Manti Te’o had a solid year in 2017 after being thrust into starter’s snaps, and now he and Craig Robertson can go back to be rotational and special teams pieces.If everyone is healthy (which with Anzalone’s injury history is a big “if”), what was a weakness on the Saints defense in 2017 could be another strength in 2018. Dez Bryant's tenure with the Saints may have been short-lived.In just his second practice with New Orleans, the newly acquired wide receiver indicated in social media posts Friday that he has had a significant setback.The team's injury report listed Bryant as questionable for Sunday's game in Cincinnati with an ankle injury, but a person familiar with the situation said the team is still awaiting the results of a doctor's examination of Bryant.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced any details of Bryant's medical exam.Bryant has indicated on social media that the injury will be challenging to overcome Customized New Orleans Saints Jerseys , writing on his verified Twitter account, "Things was just starting to heat up for me ... I won't question the man upstairs ... this is the ultimate test.. thank you everyone for the prayers."The 30-year-old signed with the Saints on Wednesday following a workout in New Orleans a day earlier . After his first practice on Thursday, he expressed an eagerness to play with NFL all-time passer Drew Brees, and help a club that looks like a Super Bowl contender. The surging Saints have won seven straight and last Sunday knocked off the previously unbeaten Los Angeles Rams.Bryant spent his first eight NFL seasons with Dallas and in 2017 caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns, including a 50-yard scoring play, for the Cowboys.Last season was Bryant's best since he caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 TDs in 2014 , which at the time was his third consecutive season with at least 1,200 yards receiving. He signed his last Cowboys contract right after that, but has not approached that level of production since 鈥?a central reason Dallas released him in April with two years left on his five-year, $70 million contract.If Bryant is unable to play this season, the Saints could look to sign another receiver soon.Bryant was signed as the Saints placed receiver Cameron Meredith on injured reserve. Meredith was scheduled to have an arthroscopic cleanup performed on the same knee that required reconstructive surgery in 2017 and sidelined him all of that season. Custom Indianapolis Colts Jerseys

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