After Further Review: Latest Saints roster projection

After Further Review: Latest Saints roster projection

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVUE) - The Saints are now one preseason game in and are dealing with some significant injuries that should force them to adapt their roster to their current status. Here is my latest projection.

Quarterback (3):

Drew Brees

Luke McCown

Garrett Grayson

-Grayson showed enough growth in his preseason action to stick around. He still isn't surpassing McCown for the backup job but he's done enough to be on the 53.

Running Back (5):

Mark Ingram 

C.J. Spiller

Marcus Murphy

Daniel Lasco

John Kuhn

-Sticking with the same running back group. Both Murphy and Lasco played well on offense and special teams. As long as Austin Johnson is out, I'll have to project Kuhn in the fullback spot.

Wide Receiver (5):

Brandin Cooks

Willie Snead

Michael Thomas

Brandon Coleman

Tommy Lee Lewis

-If they keep five receivers, the fifth has to be Lewis. The problem is with injuries elsewhere, they may not have the luxury of keeping five wideouts. Yes, I too have my concerns about Coleman.

Tight End (3):

Coby Fleener

Josh Hill

Michael Hoomanawanui

-Fleener ability as a receiver may allow the Saints to keep one less in the WR group. That will be decided as camp and preseason unfolds. Regardless, this group stays at three with three veterans.

Offensive Line (7):

Terron Armstead 

Zach Strief

Andrus Peat

Max Unger

Tim Lelito

Senio Kelemete

Jack Allen 

-Hills has played well but injuries at other positions force the Saints to go with seven for the time being. 

Defensive End (5):

Cam Jordan

Obum Gwacham

Kasim Edebali

Davis Tull

Bobby Richardson

-Tull needs a better showing this week, but I think he sticks around. Richardson's ability to play inside is even more valuable now with the Rankins' injury.

Defensive Tackle (5):

Sheldon Rankins

Nick Fairley

John Jenkins

Tyeler Davison

David Onyemata

-It could always be worse for the Saints with Rankins' injury. However, his broken fibula will force this group to adjust. I wouldn't be shocked if they bring in a veteran for depth. Until that happens, I'm sticking with this five.

Linebacker (6):

James Laurinaitis

Stephen Anthony

Daniel Ellerbe 

Nate Stupar

Craig Robertson 

Michael Mauti

-Anthony should be ready to go for the season opener. Thus, this group remains strong with both depth and athleticism. 

Cornerback (6):

Delvin Breaux

Keenan Lewis

P.J. Williams

Damian Swann

De'Vante Harris

Cortland Finnegan

-This is where things get tricky with the roster. How long will Lewis be out? And if it drifts well into the season, how many cornerbacks do the Saints have to keep? Just having four with Lewis out feels too thin in today's NFL. Thus, I've added one more to the group. Harris bumps Crawley, while Finnegan finds his way onto the roster. 

Safety (5):

Jairus Byrd

Kenny Vaccaro

Roman Harper

Erik Harris

Vonn Bell

-No changes here. This remains a deep group.

Specialists (3):

Justin Drescher

Thomas Morstead 

Conner Barth

-It's starting to feel like the momentum is shifting for Barth in the kicker battle.

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