With one preseason game in the books, it’s the prefect to update my 53-man Saints roster projections. A few players forced a few changes.
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The only thing the preseason game proved here is that Ryan Nassib may have surpassed Garrett Grayson on the depth chart. Still, it’s highly unlikely this team keeps three quarterbacks.
Running back is starting to get easier to call. These four have begun to separate themselves.
Once again, easy call.
A new week, a new fifth wide receiver to project. Lewis’ night was too great to ignore. Corey Fuller can work his way back into the competition but it would be wrong not to add Lewis after the game he had.
No change here at offensive line. Ramczyk getting back to work this week is an encouraging sign. He was having a great camp until he went down last week.
Clay Harbor is generating some buzz, but I’m not quite ready to put him on the roster yet because of his blocking. Thus, this group stays the same.
Al Quadin Muhammad is back in the discussion after a strong preseason opener. However, I’m sticking with the veteran Tapp for this projection. The addition of Jason Jones is certainly an interesting development to watch. Hendrickson hasn’t practiced in a week, I’m curious as to what is ailing him. Obum Gwacham is another player to watch in this group.
Loewen replaces Zimmer on this list after a strong preseason opener when he recorded 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hits. The other three are obvious picks.
I’m keeping a higher number of linebackers due to the special teams ability in this group. However, the coverage units weren’t great Thursday so no one should feel exceptionally confident in their place in this phase of the game.
Harris gets back on the roster after a solid week of work. He’s getting plenty of first team reps with Breaux and Lattimore out. Arthur Maulet is off for now as an injury has held him back the last few days. That’s certainly not etched in stone. When healthy, Maulet can get back in the mix.
Banjo replaces Erik Harris as the fifth safety after Harris struggled in the preseason opener. Banjo is active on the back end of the defense and plays special teams.