When the Saints claimed Obum Gwacham off of waivers to begin the season, all the raw sixth-round pick wanted was a chance to get on the active roster early.
Gwacham got that opportunity on Sunday.
Used as a pass rusher in New Orleans’ sub-packages — including a NASCAR package that featured Gwacham, Hau’oli Kikaha, Kasim Edebali and Cam Jordan as four speed rushers — the rookie defensive end from Oregon State got eight snaps on defense.
For Gwacham, being active was a reward for two hard weeks trying to prove he belonged in practice.
“I wanted to show the coaches that I was someone that could get after the quarterback,” Gwacham said. “Even during scout team, I tried to show quickness off the ball, and I tried to get to Brees as much as I could.”
Gwacham made an impact, recording one quarterback hurry and one quarterback hit, according to Pro Football Focus, to earn a 1.3 grade from the independent agency.
Now, he hopes he’s proven he can be an asset to the Saints’ defense.
“We made it our No. 1 mission to try to affect Jameis, and I felt like we did a pretty good job of that,” Gwacham said. “We got him moving his feet out of the pocket, he didn’t look like he was comfortable at all.”
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