METAIRIE, La. — Keenan Lewis was brought in by the Saints this offseason to help solidify the defensive backfield.
But by his own admission, his preseason hasn’t gone exactly as he’d like, not that he’s surprised by this.
“I’m still trying to get the hang of the playbook,” Lewis said. “I’m still adjusting to the speed that I usually play. I knew that coming in. It’s like being a rookie again. You learn a new system.”
That might explain why Lewis is the lowest-rated Saints defender according to Pro Football Focus. Thus far, his coverage skills, pretty much a prerequisite for defensive backs, have left fans wondering if he was the best defensive free agent available like his coach Rob Ryan said.
He was beaten for a touchdown in the second preseason game when Matt Flynn connected with Denarius Moore in the end zone. Against Houston, Andre Johnson caught three passes for 57 yards with Lewis in coverage.
But Lewis rightly said he’s still trying to get used to his teammates and where they’ll be in coverage after spending four years in Pittsburgh.
“Definitely,” Lewis said. “I’ve been in Pittsburgh for four years so I was comfortable with those guys, knowing where my help would be at, knowing how I could play different coverages and things like that. I’m adjusting. I’m new. I’ve only played like seven quarters.”
Come Sept. 8, he’s confident he’ll be ready for the challenge that is the Falcons offense.
“I feel as though I got a great group of guys,” Lewis said. “I’ve been in the league awhile guarding some of the top receivers. I’ll be ready.”