Thursday, November 5, 2009
Elevating DT Pressley may be option for Saints
By Pat Yasinskas
Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
With defensive tackles Sedrick Ellis and Kendrick Clancy both banged up and missing practice Thursday, it’s looking like the Saints will have to make significant adjustments for Sunday’s game with Carolina.
The only healthy defensive tackles on the roster at the moment are Anthony Hargrove and Remi Ayodele. Defensive ends Charles Grant and Bobby McCray also have the ability to slide inside at times. The Saints have set up in a 3-4 scheme at times this year, but defensive coordinator Gregg Williams isn’t prepared to say the Saints will go to that drastic a measure and use the 3-4 on a regular basis.
“We have to have a plan set up; we have to have a method of playing defense set up regardless of who’s healthy or who’s not,’’ Williams said. “That won’t change it at all. We’ll do that based upon what we think is the best plan for a team.’’
One other possibility would be to activate defensive tackle DeMario Pressley from the practice squad and that’s sounding like a real possibility. Williams said Pressley almost made the roster out of the preseason and has continued to improve in practice.
“I saw a lot of growth from him,’’ Williams said. We haven’t made that decision yet because we have so many other people and other packages that we’re looking at. But a really good game to take a look at him -- and I really needed to see this out of him -- was that last preseason game when he played against the Dolphins, he played lights out.
“To tell you the truth, I was holding my breath that he would make it through and we could get him back on the practice squad. I thought we had really messed up because we put him out there and he played really well enough to where if somebody really would’ve been looking, he’s a lot better than what a lot of guys are playing with in this league.’’