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Why 3 Is The Most Important Number In Football

Many teams have two good wide receivers or corners but it’s that third depth player that has been the difference maker in squads’ playoff runs.

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Akiem Hicks

New Orleans Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans: DL Akiem Hicks

Cam Jordan rounded out into true first-round pick form, and Junior Galette inevitably grabbed attention, but it was Hicks — a former third-round selection — who emerged in the second half of 2013 to really add a new edge to the Saints’ D. Hicks played in 2/3 of the defensive snaps and finished with the eighth-best run defense grade among 3-4 defensive ends.

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