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New Orleans Saints' 2021 Roster Breakdown: Defensive Linemen

Pierre St-Jean

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- The New Orleans Saints have released their latest roster depth chart. This time, they will review the defensive linemen.

Marcus Davenport and Cameron Jordan will still lead the vaunted Saints' defensive linemen corps in 2021. Despite that, the Saints already lost two of their best defensive linemen, defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins who went to the New York Jets, and edge rusher Trey Hendrickson, who signed a four-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Besides Davenport and Jordan, the Saints still have third-year edge rusher Carl Granderson to supplant both leaders and newly-recruited veteran Tanoh Kpassagnon. First-round draft pick Payton Turner will also be an alternative as edge rushers and Noah Spence and Malcolm Roach wrapping up the defensive end depth chart.

Defensive tackle positions will be pretty much new-looking. Shy Tuttle and David Onyemata will anchor the place for most of the 2021 season, although the latter will be unavailable to start the season.

Onyemata will be suspended for six games after violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. The former Manitoba Bison has since released an apology for his wrongdoings.

Without the number 93, the Saints' run defense will be slightly depleted, considering that Onyemata is in the top ten of sacks recorded in the NFL last season. Nonetheless, they still have a decent depth behind him.

Three-year veteran Ryan Glasgow will presumably replace Onyemata to start the season along with veteran Christian Ringo, who re-signed with the team after being on the practice squad in 2020. Behind all of these veterans are undrafted rookies Josiah Bronson, Jalen Dalton, and Lorenzo Neal Jr., who is the son of Lorenzo Neal, the former NFL fullback.

The public could spectate their favorite Saints players at the open practice session started on Friday, July 30 at 9:30 AM.

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