The last thing New Orleans Saints defensive tackle John Jenkins wants for the young, budding defensive line is to be placed atop a pedestal, especially after only two weeks into the 2013 season.
Yet it's hard not to call these guys "The Big Easys" as preseason promise has quickly melded into regular-season production through the first two games. Imagine the opportunities, T-shirt shop owners.
The Saints' young frontline is big, with an average weight of 307 pounds for Jenkins, Cam Jordan, Junior Galette and Akiem Hicks.
And their easygoing demeanors off the field are the exact opposite on Sundays, as quarterbacks Matt Ryan of Atlanta and Josh Freeman of Tampa Bay can attest.
The Saints may only sit tied for 17th in the league with four sacks, but the consistent pressure on quarterbacks hasn't gone unnoticed. Jordan has the second best "Pass Rushing Productivity" in the NFL at his position, according to Pro Football Focus, while Hicks ranks fifth. Ryan faced pressure from the Saints on 48 percent of his throws in Week 1.
"I'd say, especially for young players, they're really coming (on)," defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. "They work hard every day with (defensive line coach) Bill (Johnson) and he obviously is a great teacher. These guys are smart to listen, and they work hard. They are going to only improve. Each week I think we'll get improvement out of those guys and we got a lot of fight out of them last week; they got a lot of snaps.