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Akiem Hicks | Defensive Lineman

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 324
College: Regina
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The New Orleans Times-Picayune expects a "monster" season out of Saints third-year DE Akiem Hicks.
The Saints are expecting the same thing out of Hicks. He started all 16 games at left end opposite RE Cameron Jordan last season and notched 56 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Hicks is strong both against the run and as a pass rusher. He stands in at a towering 6-foot-5 and 324 pounds with vine-like 35 1/8-inch arms. May 27 - 1:54 PM

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The Saints see DE Akiem Hicks as a prime breakout candidate.

Hicks started all 16 games at left end last year, posting 56 tackles and 4.5 sacks while holding up strong against the run. Now gaining more polish as he enters his third NFL season, the Saints are expecting even more. Rob Ryan's defense is dripping with talent.
Apr 30 - 9:37 AM

Second-year Saints DL Akiem Hicks is expected to take Kenyon Coleman's (pectoral) place at left end.

Hicks had been rotating between end and nose tackle, but will likely now stick exclusively at end. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Hicks has been "flourishing" in camp. Hicks played 383 snaps as a rookie, grading out positively in Pro Football Focus' ratings. Third-round rookie John Jenkins is expected to back up Brodrick Bunkley at the nose.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 10:04:00 AM

Second-year DL Akiem Hicks opened training camp as the Saints' starting left defensive end.

Hicks is expected to see playing time at both end and nose tackle in the Saints' 3-4 scheme. He'll be part of a defensive line rotation with Cameron Jordan, Kenyon Coleman, Tom Johnson, and third-round pick John Jenkins.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 10:49:00 AM

Second-year DL Akiem Hicks is concentrating on defensive end in the Saints' new 3-4 defense.

Following the hiring of DC Rob Ryan, many penciled Hicks in as the starting nose tackle in New Orleans. After the team drafted behemoth NT John Jenkins in the third round of last month's draft, Hicks is now expected to be the top reserve at all three defensive line spots in a Ricky Jean-Francois-esque role.
Wed, May 15, 2013 09:06:00 PM

Second-year DL Akiem Hicks is expected to see time at both nose tackle and defensive end in the Saints' new 3-4 defense.

"(He'll) probably begin at the nose, then learn the end position as well, as opposed to the other way around," GM Mickey Loomis said. "He's got some versatility. ... So we're going to see. We're going to put 'em in the spot we think they fit best, but that doesn't mean that's where they'll end up." Hicks spent his entire rookie year at defensive tackle, registering 20 tackles and one forced fumble in 383 snaps.
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 11:19:00 AM

Saints declared DT Akiem Hicks (knee) inactive for Sunday's finale against the Panthers.

No surprises for the Saints. Pierre Thomas (knee) landed on injured reserve Saturday, giving Chris Ivory, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles a boost. The rest of their inactives: CB Jabari Greer, LB Scott Shanle, WR Saalim Hakim, G Ricky Henry, DT Tyrunn Walker and TE Michael Higgins.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 12:00:00 PM

Saints third-round DT Akiem Hicks (hand) has been cleared to practice.

Hicks began camp on the active/PUP list, but was removed on Tuesday. He was recovering from a twice broken right hand. The move means he won't be eligible to begin the year on reserve/PUP, and should see a full complement of preseason snaps. A massive but raw 6-foot-5, 318-pound talent, Hicks is expected to be eased in to the Saints defense slowly.
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 09:13:00 AM

Saints rookie DT Akiem Hicks said his fractured hand needs 2-3 weeks to heal.

Hicks has broken his right hand twice this offseason, but the Saints have shown no real concern. The third-round pick is expected to be ready for training camp.
Fri, Jun 29, 2012 08:44:00 AM

Saints agreed to terms with No. 89 overall pick DT Akiem Hicks on a four-year contract.

Defensive line guru Steve Spagnuolo's small-school project out of the University of Regina in Canada, Hicks has the requisite defensive tackle size (6'5", 318) to go with plus athleticism. The Saints' highest draft pick this year, Hicks is expected to return for training camp after twice breaking his hand in offseason practices.
Thu, Jun 28, 2012 05:02:00 PM

Saints third-round DT Akiem Hicks won't be counted on for a significant role in his rookie year.

Hicks has massive upside at 6'5/318 with vines for arms and plus athleticism, but he's transitioning from Canadian college ball to the NFL. "(Hicks) is raw and has played a different caliber of football," explained DC Steve Spagnuolo. "So it's going to take him a little while and will be a little bit of a learning curve. In the meantime, we feel like we have guys that can help us out."
Tue, May 1, 2012 10:18:00 PM

Saints selected Regina DT Akiem Hicks with the No. 89 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Hicks began his college career at LSU, where he was rated as a better recruit than No. 14 overall pick Michael Brockers. Transferring to Regina in Canada, Hicks came on with 6.5 sacks as a senior and generated some buzz during East-West Shrine Game practices. Hicks is 6-foot-5 and 318 pounds, and he possesses freakishly long 35 1/8-inch arms. He's a very high-upside project.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 10:42:00 PM