Roman adds new dimension to D


Posted Aug 22, 2004


Saints' coach Jim Haslett must have thought he was seeing double.


Haslett told reporters after the game that it felt like Green Bay blitzed on every play, keeping the pressure on the Saints' quarterbacks in Green Bay's 19-14 win at Lambeau Field Saturday night. But New Orleans receivers felt the heat as well, giving the impression that the Packer safeties were in two places at once. The Packers' first unit pitched a shutout - a major part of the Packers' defensive improvement over last week was strong safety Mark Roman.

"He definitely plays with passion, he flies around to the ball, he has a good feel for the game," fellow safety Darren Sharper said of Roman.

That was exactly what the Packers were looking for when they signed Roman to a 3-year, $2.75 million contract in March. Roman spent his first four NFL seasons in Cincinnati. The addition showed enormous promise Saturday when Roman's presence allowed Sharper to stay close and make like miserable for the Saints.

Sharper illustrated that point by intercepting a Todd Bouman pass and taking it back 90 yards for a touchdown.

Saturday night was Roman's first chance to prove himself in game action. He has been battling Marques Anderson in training camp for the starting job. They have alternated working with the first team defense in practice, and Anderson got the nod in the preseason opener.

Sharper complimented the play of both strong safeties, but the difference with Roman, who had three tackles vs. the Saints, added to the mix was evident.


Related Stories
All-stars and also-rans
 -by PackerReport.com  Aug 23, 2004
Davenport out of action with hamstring pull
 -by PackerReport.com  Aug 25, 2004
Charity event close to Henderson's heart
 -by PackerReport.com  Sep 8, 2004

MAGAZINE COVERAGE
Subscribe today and get a full year of Packer Report Magazine with an annual Total Access Pass.
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from PackerReport.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
S Mark Roman (profile)
S Darren Sharper (profile)
[View My HotList]