Saints banking on young defensive backs learning quickly

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Now entering his second NFL season, Delvin Breaux has played more regular-season snaps with the New Orleans Saints defense than any other cornerback on New Orleans’ roster.

The question now facing the Saints is the extent to which their relative youth and inexperience at a critical defensive skill position will be a liability.

On the flip side, New Orleans really doesn’t have far to fall on that side of the ball; the Saints have ranked second-to-last in the NFL in yards allowed the past two seasons.

Coach Sean Payton says he likes the fact the team is young but also that its defensive secondary is improving.

Several Saints players who sat out against the Texans on Saturday night were back at practice on Monday. They included linebacker Stephone Anthony, defensive tackle John Jenkins, fullback Austin Johnson, and receivers Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead.