. - It's still way too early to say who will make the Saints' 53-man roster. But at least now we are seven practices and a scrimmage
into training camp.
With a day off Saturday, it feels like the perfect time for an updated Saints' roster projection.
Grayson isn't ready to be the backup quarterback. Thus, the Saints will have to keep three on their roster. Right now, I have McCown
edging out Ryan Griffin. However, they are close in the competition. With a solid preseason, Griffin may be able to officially take the backup job.
Running Back (4)
Murphy's special teams versatility gets him on the active roster.
Johnson has gotten most of the first team reps at fullback. I think he will surpass Erik Lorig on the roster.
Tight End (3)
The race is on to find the third tight end. This week, Charles stood out with some big catches.
Wide Receiver (5)
By far and away the hardest position group to project. I have five on this roster but could easily see them keeping six. Coleman
has emerged as a legit third option, though he has been banged up the last few practices. Jones has played well the last few practices and it seems like the coaches feel like his potential is starting to turn up on the field. Joe Morgan has top-end speed that
this group sorely lacks but right now I have him on the outside looking in. Undrafted rookie Willie Snead keeps making plays and with a more outstanding practices and preseason games, he could be a contender along with Lance Lewis.
Offensive Linemen (8)
If the Saints go with eight lineman, McGlynn gets the last spot.
Defensive Linemen (7)
I like the way this group is coming together. Richardson's emergence has been a bonus.
Tull may be an IR candidate which may not be the worst thing in the world. He hasn't come off the NFI list and has yet to practice.
If that were to happen it would open up another spot. For now, I have to leave him on without knowing the severity of the injury. Powell and Haralson are not guarantees but I'll keep them both on the team for now. Harlason for veteran leadership; Powell for
his ability to play special teams.
Stanley Jean Baptiste
SJB has grown by leaps and bounds in just one week of camp. He is back on the 53. Williams hasn't been on the practice field for
quite some time and if the injury is serious enough, much like Tull, injured reserve could be an option. However, without knowing the severity of the injury, I'll leave Williams on.
We keep hearing ' sooner rather than later' with Jairus Byrd. Who knows how long that is? If it does linger into the season, a
player like Kenny Phillips becomes a possibility. In my last projection, I had Pierre Warren but he has disappeared this training camp.
Hopkins is clearly ahead in the kicker competition. We'll see if that holds up when games begin.
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