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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; New Orleans Saints offensive linemen Marcel Jones and Senio Kelemete ended last season as practice squad teammates and became good friends. By the end of this month, if everything goes as expected, only one of them will be on the ...

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Old 08-19-2014, 05:51 PM   #1
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New Orleans Saints offensive linemen Marcel Jones and Senio Kelemete ended last season as practice squad teammates and became good friends.

By the end of this month, if everything goes as expected, only one of them will be on the Saints' roster.

The competition between Jones and Kelemete is one of a handful of down-the-roster battles that will play out over the next two preseason games.

In this case, however, there's virtually no way that both players can earn a spot. One will be on the 53-man roster, earning nearly $500,000 annually. The other will likely be on the newly expanded 10-man practice squad, where the pay is roughly one-fourth of that.

"To be honest, I'm not looking that far ahead," Jones said after practice on Tuesday at the Saints' facility in Metairie. "If I make it or he makes it, I'm going to be happy for him and I know for a fact he'll be happy for me. We're just going out there and playing as well as we both can and leaving the tough decisions to the coaches."


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Old 08-19-2014, 07:09 PM   #2
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Jones can play G and T. He will make the squad.
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Jones can play G and T. He will make the squad.
Can he play them well? And can he stay healthy?
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Jones can play G and T. He will make the squad.
IIRC he graded out pretty good in one game, and not so hot in the other. Then again I may be thinking of Kelemente.

Jones was the starter at LG in the 1st game and I think he looked very good.
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IIRC he graded out pretty good in one game, and not so hot in the other. Then again I may be thinking of Kelemente.

Jones was the starter at LG in the 1st game and I think he looked very good.
Against the Rams they PFF graded them;

Jones RG 33 snaps -1.4 grade
Kelemete LG 40 snaps 2.3 grade

Against the Titans;

Jones RG 49 snaps -1.9 grade
Kelemete LG 55 snaps -6.8 grade (worst individual grade of the game on either team by a long shot)
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