New Orleans Saints: It’s a Cool Brees in Training Camp 2020
The New Orleans Saints once again were eliminated from the playoffs last season against the Minnesota Vikings 26-20 in overtime. This is the second time in three seasons that New Orleans was eliminated from the postseason against Minnesota.
The Saints have not been or won the Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLIV) since the 2009 regular season and the 2010 postseason against the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 31-17 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
New Orleans is in win-now mode and it is not going to be any easier with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers getting Tom Brady at quarterback and the Atlanta Falcons will be better.
The New Orleans Saints will be in a tough AFC South division and they will not have to worry about the Carolina Panthers that much this season though. What will the roster look like?
Drew Brees will be the starting quarterback for the Saints. He may only have a year or two left with the club though. Brees is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this football team nonetheless. He has not won an MVP Award in his illustrious career nonetheless.
Taysom Hill will be the backup. He is the butter knife of this offense though. Jameis Winston will be the third quarterback on the roster. He signed a one-year deal after playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the past few years in his career though.
Rookie Tommy Stevens will be the fourth quarterback and I am curious to see if the Saints will keep him around or not. Stevens is very athletic like Hill is. Will Head Coach Sean Payton keep four quarterbacks on the roster? Stay tuned.
Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray, and Ty Montgomery will be the three running backs on this Saints roster. Kamara is on a contract year. Murray wasn’t bad last season, but they definitely missed Mark Ingram II, who left for the Baltimore Ravens last offseason for a three-year deal worth $15 million.
Mike Burton will be the full back for the New Orleans Saints.
Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will be the wide receivers for the Saints. Thomas was the number one wide receiver last season in the NFL. Sanders signed as a free agent in the offseason. He played for the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers last season.
Deonte Harris and Tre’Quan Smith will be the third and the fourth wide receivers on this roster though. Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Austin Carr are expected to be the fifth and sixth wide receivers on this roster. Krishawn Hogan, Emmanuel Butler, Tommylee Lewis, Maurice Harris, and rookies Marquez Callaway, and Juwan Johnson will compete for a roster spot or two at the wide receiver position.
Jared Cook will be the starting tight end. Josh Hill and rookie Adam Trautman will be the second and third tight ends on the roster. Trautman was a third-round pick (105th overall selection) in the 2020 NFL Draft out of the University of Dayton.
Terron Armstead will be the starting left tackle, Andrus Peat will be the starting left guard, Erik McCoy will be the starting center, rookie Cesar Ruiz will be the starting right guard, and Ryan Ramczyk will be the starting right tackle.
Ruiz was the 24th overall pick (first-round selection) in the 2020 NFL Draft out of The University of Michigan.
Will Clapp, Derrick Kelly II, Nick Easton, James Hurst, Ethan Greenridge, rookie Darrin Paulo, Patrick Omameh, rookie Calvin Throckmorton, and Cameron Tom will compete for some backup spots on the offensive line though.
Cameron Jordan, Sheldon Rankins, David Onyemata, and Marcus Davenport will be the starters on the defensive line. Carl Granderson, Malcolm Brown, Margus Hunt, Trey Hendrickson, rookie Gus Cumberland, Mario Edwards Jr., Shy Tuttle, Jalen Dalton, Taylor Stallworth, and rookie Malcolm Roach will compete for some backup spots on the Saints defensive line.
This is a 4-3 defensive scheme and it is one of the most underrated defenses in the NFL.
Alex Anzalone, Kiko Alonso, and Demario Davis will be the starting linebackers. Anthony Chickillo, Craig Robertson, rookie Zack Baun, Chase Hensen, rookie Joe Bachie, Kaden Elliss, and Andrew Dowell will compete for some backup spots at linebacker on this roster though.
Baun was the 74th overall pick (third-round selection) in the 2020 NFL Draft out of the University of Wisconsin.
Janoris Jenkins and Marshon Lattimore will be the starting cornerbacks. P.J. Williams, Patrick Robinson, Deatrick Nichols, Justin Hardee, Johnson Bademosi, and rookies Tino Ellis, and Keith Washington Jr. will compete for the third, fourth, and fifth cornerback spots on the roster though.
Malcolm Jenkins and Marcus Williams will be the starting safeties for the Saints. D.J. Swearinger and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson will be the backups. Jenkins will be getting $10.050 million this season and $6.2 million next season.
If he opts after year two, that is all he will make, according to Spotrac. Jenkins will be owed $7.75 million next season and $8 million the year after if he stays. That is a total of $32 million worth four years.
Vonn Bell signed a three-year deal worth $18 million with the Cincinnati Bengals in the offseason though.
Will Lutz will be the kicker for the Saints.
Thomas Morstead will be the punter. Rookie Blake Gillikin will compete a punter spot on the roster though.
Zach Wood will be the long snapper.
Deonte Harris will be the punt returner and the kickoff returner.
Alvin Kamara will split time with Harris at punt return though.
Taysom Hill will split time with Harris at kickoff return though.
The New Orleans Saints will most likely make it to the playoffs this season, but it is going to be interesting to see where they finish in the Standings. I’d be shocked if they missed the playoffs, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they didn’t win the NFC South crown once again. They have won that for the past three seasons.
The New Orleans Saints will finish somewhere between 8-13 wins. New Orleans will open the season at home on Sunday, September 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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