Two games into the preseason, the New Orleans Saints are still looking for their first sack.
Undrafted free agent Bobby Richardson came the closest, getting both hands on Jimmy Garoppolo late in the first half Saturday night, only to watch the Patriots’ passer spin away.
New Orleans will continue to try to find the best way to rush the passer through the final two weeks of the preseason.
“It’s a work in progress, but certainly, it is a point of emphasis,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “Whether you’re getting it from your four-man rush or you have to get it from pressure, but it’s something we’re working on.”
In practices, the New Orleans defensive line has produced plenty of pressure, but the Saints haven’t been able to transfer it to the preseason field yet.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Saints have 13 quarterback hurries and four quarterback hits through the first two weeks.
“Pressures are good, but sacks are better,” defensive end Cam Jordan said last week.
With a crowded race for a roster spot under way among a deep group of undrafted defensive linemen, the rookies have tried to take it on themselves to come up with a sack.
Now that the Saints are in Metairie, the rookies have closed every practice by working on the pass rush at the middle of field.
“Even this week, we’re working extra pass rush moves with (Saints assistant Brian Young), trying to get to the passer,” rookie defensive end Tavaris Barnes said. “That’s what the league is about.”