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Thursday, May 16, 2013
A positive stat on a Saints' defender

By Pat Yasinskas

I had to look long and hard, but I found a positive statistic about a member of the New Orleans Saints’ defense.

Cornerback Keenan Lewis led the NFL with 17 pass breakups (passes that were batted, tipped or defensed) in the 2012 season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Sixteen of those breakups came on passes defended and that also was a league high.

Of course, that came while Lewis was playing for Pittsburgh. But his ability to be around the ball should provide a nice boost for a New Orleans defense that ranked No. 32 last season.

There is one downside with Lewis. He has a tendency to draw big penalties. Lewis was called for seven penalties for 143 yards last season. Cleveland cornerback Buster Skrine (eight penalties for 150 yards) was the only player in the NFL to accumulate more penalty yards.