Pro Football weekly

Comment | Print |

Saints considering their options with DE-OLB Wilson

About the Author

Dan Parr

dparr@pfwmedia.com
Associate editor

Recent posts by Dan Parr

Kuechly wins PFW/PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year

Posted Jan. 15, 2013 @ 11:51 a.m.

CB Munnerlyn hoping to stay with Panthers

Posted Jan. 13, 2013 @ 1:38 p.m.

Who is the Falcons' most underappreciated receiver?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 11:06 p.m.

Are White-Jones NFL's best WR tandem?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 12:12 p.m.

Related Stories

Saints re-sign Galette

Posted March 09, 2013 @ 1:31 p.m.

SS Moore is staying with the Falcons

Posted March 09, 2013 @ 9:36 a.m.

New Orleans Saints: 2013 team needs

Posted March 08, 2013 @ 6:16 p.m.

Chargers claim CB Patrick

Posted Feb. 20, 2013 @ 6:05 p.m.

Saints release TE Thomas, CB Patrick

Posted Feb. 19, 2013 @ 4:07 p.m.

Saints hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator

Posted Feb. 09, 2013 @ 10:50 a.m.

Ranking the NFL divisions for 2013

Posted Feb. 07, 2013 @ 4:06 p.m.

Williams gets reinstated, joins Titans' staff

Posted Feb. 07, 2013 @ 12:07 p.m.

In New Orleans, an unwelcome mat for Goodell

Posted Jan. 26, 2013 @ 2:36 p.m.
Posted May 25, 2012 @ 11:12 a.m. ET
By Dan Parr

The Saints might not have made any long-term decisions about where Martez Wilson fits best in coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s defense, but they are experimenting with Wilson, a 2011 third-round pick who played in 13 games as a linebacker last season, at a new position and are happy with what they have seen so far.

The 6-4, 252-pound Illinois product lined up at right defensive end with the second-team defense at Saints OTAs Thursday.

Taking into account advice from assistant head coach/linebackers Joe Vitt, defensive line coach Bill Johnson and assistant D-line coach Travis Jones, who all were on New Orleans' defensive staff last season, Spagnuolo, in his first season with the team, said finding a home for Wilson is a work in progress.

“Now we have a ways to go,” Spagnuolo said. “(Wilson) was excited about (playing defensive end) and it fit into things. We have a number of linebackers right now working at outside linebacker so I think he is excited about it and we will see where it goes from here.”

Wilson doesn’t have prototypical size for a 4-3 defensive end and could be stymied at the point of attack if a blocker gets a hand on him, but he did flash burst and the ability to create pressure off the edge as a blitzer during his rookie season.

In a limited, straight-ahead role as a rush linebacker/defensive end hybrid, the Saints could put Wilson in a better position to maximize his potential.

Follow Dan Parr on Twitter

Comments ()


ABOUT TRUST ONLINE