New Orleans Saints: Sneek Inside the Black and Gold Training Camp
The New Orleans Saints finished with a 13-3 record last season and they should have been in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, but they weren’t and lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game on a bogus non-call near the end of regulation. New Orleans is still looking for its second Super Bowl Title in franchise history and the last time they won it was back in the 2009 regular season and the 2010 postseason.
The Saints are led by their quarterback Drew Brees. He has meant a lot to this team and this city on and off the field over the years. Brees is 40 years old and it will be interesting to see how much longer he will play this game.
Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill will be the second and third quarterbacks on the roster. Although, they like to use Hill in special packages on offense and he is also a very good special teams player. Taysom Hill could very well be the quarterback for this franchise when Drew Brees retires.
J.T. Barrett will look to steal a roster from Teddy Bridgewater.
Alvin Kamara will be the starting running back on this team. However, they did not re-sign Mark Ingram. Therefore, the battle for the other three running back spots on the roster will be between Latavius Murray, Javorius Allen, Dwayne Washington, rookie Devine Ozigbo, and Matt Dayes.
Zach Line and Mike Burton will compete for the starting fullback job.
Michael Thomas will be the top wide receiver on this team. Keith Kirkwood and Tre’Quan Smith could emerge into the number two and number three receiving roles. Ted Ginn Jr. can also stretch the field as a fourth receiver.
It will be interesting to see who will make the roster as well at that position. Austin Carr, Cameron Meredith, Simmie Cobbs Jr., Rishard Matthews, Chad Hensen, and rookies Emmanuel Butler, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, and Deonte Harris. Butler could be an interesting player to keep an eye on during training camp.
The projected starting offensive line will be Terron Armstead at left tackle, Andrus Peat at left guard, rookie Erik McCoy at center, Larry Warford at right guard, and Ryan Ramczyk will be the starting right tackle. Some of the key backups on the offensive will include Michael Ola, Nick Easton, and Will Clapp. Other players like Ryan Groy, Marshall Newhouse, and rookie Ethan Greenridge will look to crack the roster as well.
New Orleans plays a 4-3 defensive scheme. The starting defensive ends will be Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport. Furthermore, Trey Hendrickson and Mario Edwards Jr. will most likely be the backups. Wes Horton and Geneo Grissom will look to steal a roster spot along with rookies Corbin Kaufusi and Shy Tuttle.
A.J. Klein, Alex Anzalone, and Demario Davis will be the starting linebackers. Darnell Sankey, Vince Biegel, and Craig Robertson will most likely be the backup linebackers. Rookies Colton Jumper, Porter Gustin, and Kaden Elliss will compete for a roster spot or two as well.
Marshon Lattimore and Eli Apple will be the starting cornerbacks. Apple was acquired in a trade last season and he played for the New York Giants before Eli Apple played for the New Orleans Saints. He played extremely well ever since he was traded because Apple didn’t pan out very well in New York.
P.J. Williams will be the third cornerback on the roster. Ken Crawley and Patrick Robinson will most likely be the fourth and fifth cornerbacks on this roster. Marcus Sherels, Justin Hardee, Christian Campbell, and Kayvon Webster will compete for a roster spot or two as well at the cornerback position.
Marcus Williams and Vonn Bell will be the starting safeties. Chris Banjo will be one of the backup safeties. Rookies Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Saquan Hampton will compete for the other backup safety spot on the roster.
Alvin Kamara will be the punt returner and Taysom Hill will be the kickoff returner.
The Saints, indeed, will be one of the favorites in the NFC to reach the Super Bowl and potentially win it all. Nonetheless, they have to be careful. It is possible that the Atlanta Falcons could bounce back this season. There is also a possibility that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could go from worst to first with Bruce Arians as head coach. Finally, it is possible that the Carolina Panthers will still be competitive.
New Orleans will begin training camp on Friday, July 26. Then, their first preseason game will be on Friday, August 9 at home against the Minnesota Vikings. Finally, the New Orleans Saints will begin the season at home on a Monday night against the Houston Texans on September 9.
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