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AFR: Fazende's latest Saints' roster projection

Khiry Robinson looks like he'll make the Saints regular season roster. (Source: Mark Lagrange) Khiry Robinson looks like he'll make the Saints regular season roster. (Source: Mark Lagrange)

In some ways, the Saints 53-man roster is really starting to come together. In other areas, things remain as wide open as ever.

We've now reached the midway point of the preseason. Here is where I believe the Saints' roster stands.

Quarterbacks (3)

Drew Brees
Luke McCown
Garrett Grayson

Last week I had Griffin on and if it were up to me I would still choose him over McCown. However, I get the feeling based on Sean Payton's comments after the game that McCown is still the solid number two.

Running Back (4)

CJ Spiller
Khiry Robinson
Mark Ingram
Marcus Murphy

This is the most solid of all the position groups. Even with Spiller sidelined, I think running back has become a position of stability. 

Fullback (1)

Austin Johnson

Johnson is clearly in the lead over Erik Lorig.

Wide Receiver (6)

Marques Colston
Brandin Cooks
Brandon Coleman
Joe Morgan
Josh Morgan
Willie Snead

I'm officially bringing both Morgans on the roster at wide receiver. Josh had an excellent week of practice and despite his fumble in the game, I think he can be trusted. The name I left off is Seantavius Jones. He's been a little inconsistent and may need another year on the practice squad. Couldn't think of worst possible timing for the reported injury to Nick Toon.

Tight End (3)

Ben Watson
Josh Hill
Orson Charles

It's been a challenge just fielding a third tight end for the Saints, but I think Charles has been the most consistent of the ones that have played.

Offensive Linemen (8)

Zach Strief
Terron Armstead
Jahri Evans
Max Unger
Tim Lelito
Senio Kelemete
Andrus Peat
Sean Hickey

Again, I'm going younger and cheaper for the final lineman spot. Hickey is not better than McGlynn. But he is cheaper.

Defensive Linemen (7)

Cam Jordan
Akiem Hicks 
John Jenkins
Kevin Williams
Tyeler Davison
Bobby Richardson
Kasim Edebali

Given the flexibility some linebackers like Kikaha provide, the Saints could go less true defensive linemen. Right now, I'll stick with seven.

Linebackers (7)

Stephone Anthony
David Hawthorne 
Ramon Humber
Dannell Ellerbe
Hau Oli Kikaha
Davis Tull
Parys Haralson

This is another tough decision. We haven't seen much of Ellerbe lately but I still think they like him for the roster. Anthony Spencer's injury has hurt his chances to beat out Haralson.

Cornerbacks (6)

Keenan Lewis
Brandon Browner
Delvin Breaux
Damian Swann
PJ Williams 
Stanley Jean Baptiste

I thought Kyle Wilson really helped himself with his effort Saturday against New England. I'm not ready to put him on the roster just yet but he is back in the conversation. Williams is a tricky case for the Saints. He's a third round pick that the Saints
don't want to let walk, but he has literally shown nothing with his nagging injuries. 

Safety (5)

Jairus Byrd
Rafael Bush 
Kenny Vaccaro
Vinnie Sunseri
Jamarca Sanford

Sometimes it's easy to forget Byrd is still even on the roster. He has been that far detached from the team. The regular season begins in less than three weeks. If his mysterious injury lingers and he is not ready to go in week one but won't be out long
enough to remain on PUP, it could alter the roster makeup. For now, I'm going with the notion that he will be ready for opening day. But I get less confident about that with each passing day that he is out.

Specialists (3)

Thomas Morstead
Dustin Hopkins
Justin Drescher

Hopkins has handled the majority of the kickoff duties. That to me is the biggest indicator that he is in the lead over Zach Hocker. 

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