James Sanders went from being the odd man out in New England to being a top candidate to start in Atlanta in a matter of days.
Sanders has played both strong safety and free safety, and I agree with Dave Choate that Thomas DeCoud’s free safety position could be a likelier fit than William Moore’s strong safety spot. DeCoud has made at least a couple of visible mistakes this preseason — not that you’d base such a thing strictly on preseason performance. Moore adds value as a run defender and over-the-middle enforcer, meaning his own middlin’ pass coverage isn’t all that noticeable.
Sanders had played with the Patriots for his entire six year career, totaling 203 tackles and eight interceptions in 84 games in New England.