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After Further Review: Saints final roster projection post Ravens

Willie Snead's suspension will force the Saints to readjust their roster. Source: Mark LaGrange Willie Snead's suspension will force the Saints to readjust their roster. Source: Mark LaGrange
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Some cuts have already begun to trickle in for the Saints. Thus, it’s time to post my final roster projection. After a full preseason, this group has become pretty clear.  However, the health and playing status of a few players has forced me to adjust the bottom end of the roster.

QB (2)

Drew Brees

Chase Daniel

I know some have been unimpressed with Daniel. It doesn’t matter. While he hasn’t had the best preseason, if he is healthy, he is the best option as backup quarterback for the Saints. 

RB (4)

Mark Ingram

Adrian Peterson

Alvin Kamara

Daniel Lasco

Travaris Cadet

I kept five due to the suspension of Snead. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and has a little juice in the return game. Lasco made it harder on himself with a few mistakes in the preseason finale.

FB (1)

John Kuhn

Despite the addition of Zach Line, this is still Kuhn’s job. 

WR (5) 

Willie Snead ** reserved/suspension

Michael Thomas

Ted Ginn

Brandon Coleman

TommyLee Lewis

The unexpected suspension of Snead combined with the injured reserve status of Corey Fuller leaves this group pretty thin heading into opening week.  The Saints are sure to scan the waiver wire for a veteran to help temporarily. I thought about the possibility of adding Travin Dural but ultimately think he is headed to the practice squad.

OL (8)

Zach Strief

Max Unger

Larry Warford

Andrus Peat

Senio Kelemete

Josh LeRibeus

Ryan Ramczyk

Bryce Harris

Terron Armstead* (PUP or IR)

I still feel like this is a spot where the Saints will grab a player from another roster. It came down to Josh LeRibeus or Landon Turner. I’m going with LeRibeus for this projection though I’m not completely confident. Harris’ job got a little safer with Khalif  Barnes’ release. 

TE (3) 

Josh Hill

Coby Fleener

Michael Hoomanawanui

This is an easy call with the IR’s of John Phillips and Clay Harbor.

DE (5)

Cam Jordan

Trey Hendrickson

Hau’Oli Kikaha

Alex Okafor

Al Quadin Muhammad

As I said last week, Darryl Tapp is good enough to be on this roster. I took him off temporarily because I think he is a player the Saints can bring after week one due to his vested veteran status. 

DT (5)

Sheldon Rankins

David Onyemata

Tyeler Davison

Mitchell Loewen

Tony McDaniel

This group remains the same as Loewen has flashed some surprising athleticism on special teams. He’s come very close to blocking several punts.  

LB (6)

A.J. Klein

Craig Robertson

Alex Anzalone

Nate Stupar

Adam Bighill

Manti Te’o

Michael Mauti’s release came as a bit of a surprise which leaves the door open for Bighill. I thought Mauti held the slight edge over him due to special teams. Based on merit and play, I can’t keep Stephone Anthony on the roster.

CB (6)

P.J. Williams

Marshon Lattimore

Sterling Moore

Ken Crawley

De’Vante Harris

Arthur Maulet

Delvin Breaux -short term IR

Arthur Maulet isn’t quite ready to contribute. However, if the Saints were to waive him in hopes of signing him to the practice squad, I think another team would snatch him up before they had the chance. Plus, Breaux going to short term IR, as Sean Payton implied, opens up a cornerback spot. 

Safety (5)

Kenny Vaccaro

Marcus Williams

Vonn Bell

Rafael Bush

Chris Banjo

Banjo’s special teams prowess is too big to ignore. He will make the final 53.

Specialists (3)

Thomas Morstead

Wil Lutz

Jon Dorenbos

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