Changes In The Secondary?

Biloxi Sun Herald

by; Larry Holder

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton realizes cornerback Jason David has been beaten in pass coverage on more than one occasion this year. He wanted to make sure David wasn’t to blame for at least one pass play in Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay.
Payton said Tuesday while it appeared David was on the coverage for Joey Galloway’s 60-yard reception, eventually leading to a touchdown, David was in the right position.
Strong safety Roman Harper was not, and that’s why Galloway broke free with no one near him.
Kaesviharn took over at strong safety following Harper’s second snafu against the Bucs. Running back Earnest Graham slipped through Harper’s arms on his way to a 25-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter.
Payton reiterated how there will be competition between Harper and Kaesviharn for the starting strong safety job. He didn’t say when or if there would be a change, though.
“I need to try to get some things corrected and try to move on,” Harper said Monday.
Harper does have one interception this season, but is known more as a threat in stopping the run than in his pass coverage skills.
David was removed from the game for a couple of plays following a 41-yard reception by Galloway. Kaesviharn lined up on the outside and appeared to play corner. Payton said it was part of the defensive package that Kaesviharn assumed David’s spot and not because David was benched.
The struggling cornerback returned shortly thereafter once Payton and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs called for another personnel package.
David would have been replaced by Jason Craft, Payton said, if David were to be benched.

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