After Further Review: Updated Saints roster projection

Updated: Aug. 12, 2017 at 4:41 PM CDT
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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.

(WVUE) - QB (2)

Drew Brees
Chase Daniel
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.

RB (4)

Mark Ingram
Adrian Peterson
Alvin Kamara
Daniel Lasco
Running back is starting to get easier to call. These four have begun to separate themselves.

FB (1)

John Kuhn
Once again, easy call.

WR (5) 

Willie Snead
Michael Thomas
Ted Ginn
Brandon Coleman
TommyLee Lewis
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.

OL (8)

Zach Strief
Max Unger
Larry Warford
Andrus Peat
Senio Kelemete
Josh LeRibeus
Ryan Ramczyk
Terron Armstead*
Khalif Barnes
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. 

TE (3) 

Josh Hill
Coby Fleener
Michael Hoomanawanui
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.

DE (5)

Cam Jordan
Trey Hendrickson
Hau’Oli Kikaha
Alex Okafor
Darryl Tapp
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.

DT (4)

Sheldon Rankins
David Onyemata
Tyeler Davison
Mitchell Loewen.
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. 

LB (7)

A.J. Klein
Craig Robertson
Stephone Anthony
Alex Anzalone
Nate Stupar
Michael Mauti
Manti Te’o
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.

CB (6)

Delvin Breaux
P.J. Williams
Marshon Lattimore
Sterling Moore
Ken Crawley
De’Vante Harris
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.

Safety (5)

Kenny Vaccaro
Marcus Williams
Vonn Bell
Rafael Bush
Chris Banjo
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.

Specialists (3)

Thomas Morstead

Wil Lutz
Justin Drescher

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