Akiem Hicks to be a defensive end in Saints 3-4 defense

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With new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan taking control of the New Orleans Saints defense, there were bound to be some changes to scheme and personnel as the Saints attempt to overhaul a defense that ranked dead last in the league last season.

One of those moves will be shifting a player to a new spot on the defensive line.

According to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Akiem Hicks is starting out as a defensive end in the Saints new scheme.

Hicks was expected to be a nose tackle with the ability to also slide out to the defensive end position with the Saints. However, after selecting defensive tackle John Jenkins in the third round, the Saints felt he could better be utilized at defensive end. Though Hicks will initially be called upon to play the end position, he’ll likely be used all along the Saints defensive front.

Hicks appeared in 14 games last season for the Saints. He recorded 20 tackles and a forced fumble as a rotational lineman.

5 responses to “Akiem Hicks to be a defensive end in Saints 3-4 defense

  1. The hiring of Rob Ryan ensures the Falcons will dominate this division for the foreseeable future. Terrible hire by New Orleans.

  2. I have always thought that Rob Ryan was a better blowhard than coach, but I actually think the Saints defense will make a better and quicker transition from 4-3 to 3-4 than most teams. Some of their existing personnel is actually well suited to the new scheme, and they drafted some people like Jennings who will also help.

  3. The law of averages says there’s no way the Saints defense ends up dead last next year in yards. And Rob Ryan is a solid coordinator whom the players love. The year the Saints won the Super Bowl they ranked 25th in total defense, although they ranked 20th in points allowed and were 3rd in interceptions, so it was a very good defense all around despite giving up a lot of yards.

    I predict that the Saints will end up in the 14th – 18th range this year in terms of yards allowed which should allow them to win another Super Bowl. Who Dat!!!!

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