NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - With 13 practices and one preseason game officially in the books some players are starting to emerge while others have begun to slide back. Here's where I see the Saints roster at this point.
No change here. In fact what both Savage and Hill showed in the first preseason game was exactly what we've seen in practice. Savage can execute the offense but is quick to check it down. Hill is an athlete who has a tendency to d rop his eyes and take off a run a bit too soon. In Hill's case, his work at Saturday's practice was his best as a passer I've seen all camp. Still, he hasn't mastered the timing element. As a special teamer though, he may be one of the team's best.
A significant change in the running back room. I think Williams has surpassed West as the replacement to Ingram for the first four games of the season. His body type and ability to gain tough yardage gets him the nod over West, who's been a bit inconsistent. I went back and forth with Scott and Trey Edmunds. Both can add special teams value. For this projection, I'm going with Scott.
Ted Ginn Jr.
Tate has separated himself as a returner and can also give quality receiver reps. I like TommyLee Lewis, but Tate has the upper hand in this battle.
I still think Hooman's roster spot is vulnerable. His lack of availability has to be very concerning. If it lingers significantly longer, this will be the last projection I have him on. For now, I'm sticking with my original three at the tight end position. But Dan Arnold and Garrett Griffin have both made things interesting here.
Determining the seventh and eighth linemen on this roster is very tough. Cameron Tom's injury hurts him. Clapp is a guy that has versatility and played well over the last few days. I'm going with Clapp right now given his availability. Fourth round pick Rick Leonard is interesting. The Saints obviously don't want to cut him, but I don't see how the numbers will work in his favor.
Loewen's motor and versatility earn him the final spot in this group. #70 seemed to be everywhere Thursday night.
Devaroe Lawrence helped himself Thursday night, though I'm not ready to give him a spot on the roster just yet. Overall, I think Bromley has still been the most consistent for that fourth spot.
Though he helped himself Thursday, Jayrone Elliot isn't quite ready to unseat any of the other linebackers on this list.
Another interesting group is cornerback. I gave them an extra spot on this projection because of how much Hardee was used in special teams.
This group looks set.