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Steve Geller, WWL.com

Kurt Coleman expects Saints secondary to be best in NFL

Steve Geller
June 13, 2018 - 5:44 pm
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The Saints opted not to resign veteran safety Kenny Vaccaro this offseason. Instead the team grabbed a guy they saw plenty of in the NFC South. Former Panther Kurt Coleman inked a 3 year deal with New Orleans and will now get a chance to face his old team twice a year.

What has been his initial impressions of the Saints group of defensive backs as the team goes though mini camp?

“These guys can play and I think the great thing about it is they’re super competitive,” said Coleman. “The one thing I’m here to be able to do is help continue to foster that and grow these guys. I want them to reach their full potential.”

That potential includes second year players Marshon Lattimore, Marcus Williams and Ken Crawley along with Vonn Bell,  Patrick Robinson, PJ Williams and rookie Natrell Jamerson.

“If we can continue to nail down the details of which we go about our business every single day, I expect us to be the #1 group in the NFL”, Coleman said confidently.  “Is it going to be a work in progress? Absolutely. But, I believe that with the talent and the preparation we put in every single day we have the ability to get there. We’ll see once it comes game time, but I believe everything is right here that we need to go out and get it done.”

This will be Coleman’s ninth year in the league and was part of some talented defenses in Carolina for the last 3 seasons. He became good friends with former Saint Roman Harper, who ended up playing a large role in Coleman coming to New Orleans.

“He was not quite my agent, but might as well been one of my agents,” Coleman said smiling. “Honestly, he was one of the main reasons why I decided to start negotiating with New Orleans because he had a chance to talk to Sean (Payton) and then he talked to me and I was like wow, well, maybe this could work.  After I got to talking with Sean and everyone, I was like I really, really enjoy what he is saying and want to be part of something special brewing here in New Orleans.”

Injuries hampered the 30 year old safety's performance last season and wound up with his worst statistical year in Carolina. Coleman missed a total of 4 games and had 76 tackles with three pass deflections. It marked the first time since the 2013 season that he didn't haul in at least one interception.  

“I’m not going to make excuse, injuries are part of the game”, Coleman stated. “If I’m out there on the field, I’m there to produce and make plays. That’s the bottom line.” 

 

 

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