Smoke Monday has one of the best names as a defender – it’s actually Quindarious Demonze Monday – but we like Smoke. Before the Auburn product could let the ink dry, Monday already brought “the smoke” to New Orleans.
The Atlanta native drove past Mercedes-Benz Stadium and took to his Instagram Story to let the Falcons know they “have to see him twice per mate, good luck” — and the Who Dat Nation fell in love!
“When I get into the NFL, I’ll always bet on myself,” he told the Advertiser. “It’s just me, man. I know I’m going to prove a lot of people wrong with what they think of me and what kind of player they think I am,” advertising report Bennett Durando said on Monday.
Monday later wore a Drew Brees jersey.
Monday in the DB room
The Saints defenders room will be interesting throughout the season with the charisma of Smoke Monday and Ceedy Duce. First, Montag has to field the squad as a rookie undrafted free agent.
New Orleans is making an “aggressive push” for veteran safety and New Orleans native bully Mathieu to pair up with free agent-signed Marcus Maye. Still, it should be an extremely competitive and fun Saints Secondary.
New Orleans Saints Safety Smoke Monday Profile:
Monday, 6-3, 199, played in 50 career games from 25 starts at Auburn and finished his career with 172 tackles (106 solo), 17 stops for loss, six sacks, a forced fumble, five interceptions and 11 passes defended.
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As a senior in 2021, the Atlanta, Georgia native started in all 13 games he appeared in and finished with 64 tackles (45 solo), nine stops for losses, two sacks, a 36-yard interception return for one Touchdown and six passes defended.
“A linear athlete who wants to play with his size behind the line of scrimmage or occupy tight ends.”
Great mix of size and speed at 200lbs, 6’1″ tall, overall good athlete. All-round versatility, can be moved anywhere on defense and works well on the line of scrimmage against tight ends. Hits hard against the barrel, can pick up and drop blocks. Solid man coverage when he gets his hands on receiver, has the length to man larger bodies. Hard hitter, packs in with power. Good eyes in zone coverage, can see routes coming in and out of his zone. Unique feel of shooting gaps and hitting RBs to the hole. Plays in special teams
Needs to work on his chasing angles when going downhill, sometimes over chased ball carriers. Struggles with playing further from the line of scrimmage in single high looks. Stiff hips lose speed when changing direction at the top of the route. Misses tackles in space by not collapsing and not staying straight. Bites a little too hard on play cheats, reads the line and gets lost on counterplays. Lacks ball skills to locate and emphasize downfield.
Monday has been used in many positions at this Auburn defense, each taking on different roles. He has all the physical tools to stay in the NFL and become an eventual starter. Playing him near the line of scrimmage and sometimes in split-field positions is key to his success. With more refinement, Monday could be a tight eraser for an NFL defense.
Full name is Quindarious Demonze Monday. The son of Tamika Hale and Felton Monday. Has four siblings: Quentavius, Brittany, Derek and Jessica. Currently a student at the College of Liberal Arts. A member of the SEC Football Leadership Council. Led the Carver High Panthers to the Georgia State Class 5A Semifinals. 2018 Under Armor All-American Game entrant. ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports Four Star View. The #8 safety ranking by ESPN and the #9 athlete nationally by 247Sports. Was also a track and field athlete and honors student.