With Romeus now on IR, here are the defensive ends on the Saints' roster:
Tyrunn Walker (listed DL)
Kadarron Anderson (listed LB/DE)
and don't forget rookie Akiem Hicks who is listed as a DT but could get some time at end.
Will Smith will be suspended for the first four weeks of the season, pending appeal, and while I'm not ready to write off Broughton and Walker because you never know what no name player could impress in camp, it seems misguided to assume they'll make any kind of splash. Anderson has already been cut once this year by the Jets, so not getting my hopes up there. Ditto Akiem Hicks, who I think will spend the majority of this season learning the ropes because he is just too raw to see the field. So that means, on opening day, we're looking at McBride, Jordan and Galette as the main rotation guys. Not exactly the trio of edge rushers that installs any kind of fear in people, but they are all still quite capable. With Romeus now gone, enter Wilson. He's perhaps even more explosive than Galette, and he's now the 4th guy on the depth chart if you count Smith as suspended. He'll get reps, especially on passing downs, and he'll get an opportunity to showcase what he can do.
Don't rule out adding an end down the roads as cuts happen, either. The Saints without Romeus just got quite a bit more thin at defensive end depth, so that's both increased opportunity for Martez Wilson and decreased options for the Saints. Personally, I'm all for it. I love what I saw from Wilson last year and I'm eager to seen the youngster thrown into the fire.
I think we have shored up our DT position as well as our LB'ing positions this off season. Only concerned with the CB's. This should help everyone in the DE position. Bunkley will help against the run as well as pressure up the middle, and with some improve coverage in the secondary, we should have more time to get to the QB.
I can see Gallette and Wilson brought in on passing downs, and Will Smith and Cam Jordan moved to DT. Spags wants to recreate his 4 DE pass rush like he had in New York.