AFR: Saints roster projection post Texans
(WVUE) - The Saints have now completed their most important preseason game. With each passing game, it's getting easier to project who does and does not belong. Here's my latest projection.
There is no reason for the Saints to keep more than two quarterbacks. It's obvious who those quarterbacks should be.
This is pretty clear. Travaris Cadet is likely on the 'first call' list. If he doesn't get picked up, he could be the Saints first call if there's an injury to the group.
Despite the addition of Zach Line, this is still Kuhn's job.
Through three preseason games, this isn't even debatable anymore. Lewis has earned his spot.
Terron Armstead* (PUP or IR)
Once again, this group is getting trickier to forecast. The starting five is obvious, but behind them is problematic. The only sure thing is Kelemete, who's versatility has been magnified due to the abnormally high amount of snapping issues. I'm not convinced LeRibeus has a spot on this team when Unger returns, nor am I convinced of Harris' spot. However, they get on this projection for now, because they're all the Saints have. I could see a veteran added to this group from another team when final cuts are made.
Third tight end is a battle no one is talking about. Hooman has the slight edge, but John Phillips is also in the mix.
Al Quadin Muhammad
Darryl Tapp is good enough to be on this roster. I took Tapp off temporarily, because I think he's a player the Saints can bring back after week one due to his vested veteran status.
I added a fifth defensive tackle to this group. McDaniel is a veteran presence to a very young crew. He also can provide depth as a decent run-stuffer.
This group remains the same from a week ago. I can't justify keeping Stephone Anthony when so many others have passed him. Adam Bighill is the one player that with a big game Thursday can maybe sneak on the 53.
The injury to Breaux can make the numbers here tricky. They may have to keep an extra cornerback to cover them while Breaux is out for the first couple weeks of the season. If that happens, Arthur Maulet is the next man up.
Banjo's special teams prowess is too big to ignore. He will make the final 53.
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