After Further Review: Saints roster projection
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - For the first time in a while, the Saints will head into a season with many questions. It’s not that they can’t be good in 2021, it’s just that if they are they’ll have to do it with a lot of new faces. The sheer quantity of quality football players lost this offseason really showed up when writing this roster.
As it currently stands (and almost certainly subject to future changes) here’s my best guess on the Saints’ 53.
No real shock here. Unless there is some kind of disaster in camp, Book will be the third quarterback this season.
Kamara will be an even bigger focal point this season for the Saints, while Murray is rock solid. Washington brings special teams value, and Montgomery adds versatility. Armah is the lone fullback on the roster. Running back is a position of strength heading into 2021.
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This is an interesting position group. Internally, the confidence is likely higher in it than on the outside. There’s an opportunity for someone here to make a name for themselves as the true number two receiver. Still, if a legitimate veteran number two receiver popped loose on the market, the Saints would probably entertain brining him in.
With Josh Hill and Jared Cook now gone, all eyes will be on Trautman to emerge in the tight end room. That’s a big step for the second-year pro. Vannett will hopefully fill Hill’s role, while Soehner may have a legitimate shot as an undrafted free agent.
The deepest and most talented area of the roster without a doubt. The biggest question will be where does Ruiz settle in this season? The Saints would be smart to keep nine along their offensive line.
Jordan has to return to his pre-2020 form. Davenport has to finally emerge as a true force on the edge. Granderson has shown flashes, but it’s unknown just how good he can be. First round pick Turner can hopefully provide some legitimate snaps in year one. This group has potential but they also have a lot of maybe’s and if’s as well.
This group went from one of the deepest positions on the team a year ago to one of the thinnest with Malcom Brown and Sheldon Rankins both gone. Brown was instrumental in the team’s run defense. Outside of the top three listed, Glasgow had the most playing experience of any other defensive tackle on the roster. This is another area where the Saints could look to add a veteran late.
With this group, there’s Davis and four other question marks. Second round pick Werner has a path to a starting job. Hopefully, Baun can bounce back in year two. Hansen is an often-injured player that the Saints are fairly high on. Elliss adds some special teams value. There’s a chance this group adds a veteran presence before the season starts.
At some point the Saints should add a veteran (keeping a count yet?) cornerback either through a signing or a trade. Of what’s currently on the roster, I went with these six with Washington and the undrafted Thompson sneaking on. Once they add another corner, this group will change.
The Saints will have a punter competition between Gillikin and Nolan Cooney. As of now, it’s Gillikin’s job.
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