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Veteran DE Kenyon Coleman brings skills to Saints


Metairie, La. - Looking for depth on their D-line, the Saints called upon veteran Kenyon Coleman, who likes what he sees from the defense so far.

"We got a high ceiling definitely," Coleman said. "There's so much talent here. I think that the skillset is doing well with what Rob is doing. There's a high ceiling man, and for me, I'm going to do whatever's asked of me."

Longtime Saint Will Smith gushed about Coleman, "He brings great leadership. He's an experienced guy that's played in the 3-4 his whole entire career. He's leading those guys on the defensive line, getting those guys right to the new scheme and the new position. He's just a great all-around guy that shows up every day and works hard."

Coleman spent the past four seasons, with the Browns and then Cowboys, playing for current Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, and developing a special bond.

"The thing with me and Rob is that Rob knows what he's going to get out of me, and there's that comfort there," said Coleman. "And obviously coming to a new place, and I'm here, and I'm just gonna be me."

At age 34, he joins quarterback Drew Brees as the oldest current players on the Saints roster. So Coleman has definitely found a way to overcome a dozen years of wear and tear in the NFL.

"To me it's more of the mental grind, you know, your body telling you have to do one thing, in reality, you have to do something else," Coleman said.. "So for me I look back and can't believe that this is my twelfth NFL training camp."

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