After Further Review: Updated Saints roster projection
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - With 21 practices and three preseason games scheduled, the Saints have just hit the quarter mark of training camp 2022. Things are certain to change and evolve over the coming days and weeks, but after a week of practices here is where I believe things stand.
Still keeping three in this projection, but if numbers get tight elsewhere keeping just two could be an option. Book really needs to string together some quality practices to ensure himself a spot.
Running Back (5)
Smith works his way onto this projection after a few nice practices in place of Tony Jones, Jr. This is one group where preseason games can reshape the competition.
Wide Receiver (5)
This group looks sharp so far. They even have two young local players that are making plays in Kirk Merritt and Dai’Jean Dixon, but may not have a spot due to numbers. I don’t know if the Saints have the luxury of keeping six receivers, thus veteran Tre’Quan Smith is off this projection.
Tight End (4)
This is an interesting position group. Juwan Johnson was banged up for a significant stretch. He needs to get back on the field to secure his spot. Undrafted rookie Krull, has steadily made plays, while Trautman has had a good camp. Vannett gets back on with his blocking ability. Chris Herndon IV’s signing is intriguing and something to monitor here.
This group remains the same. Ethan Greenidge is not on this projection, but has been in the program for a while and has gotten some first team reps at guard. If they keep nine linemen, he may have a chance.
Defensive End (5)
Turner had a great start to camp. Davenport is still on PUP, but when he returns, this group should have some solid depth.
Defensive Tackle (4)
Keeping these four as the team’s defensive tackles.
One name to watch in this group is veteran Eric Wilson, who’s taken advantage of some first team reps with Werner limited. Another solid week, and he’s likely on this projection.
No change here. This group is coming together nicely at camp.
Mathieu returns after missing six practices to deal with a personal family matter. Justin Evans is an intriguing player in this group. After missing the last two seasons, Evans has made a few plays in practice.
Lutz and Gillikiin both look ready to go.
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