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Old 07-25-2019, 09:10 PM   #21
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Who’s it going to be this year? Here is a list of candidates to think about.

WR Simmie Cobbs: He was scooped up last year by the Saints and put on the practice squad. Cobbs has been impressive in OTA’s and Mini Camp practices, making tough catches look routine at times. He’s a strong candidate at a position of need for the black and gold.

DE Corbin Kaufusi: He’s 6-foot-9 with fantastic length and you can never have enough pass rushers. The rookie out of BYU will be a fun guy to watch. He’s got some pass rush ability that could land him a spot on the team.

RB Devine Ozigbo: The Saints do not have a lot of depth behind Latavius Murray and Alvin Kamara. Ozigbo’s skill set matches up with the Saints offense very well. If he can make a couple of plays on special teams he’ll put himself in a nice position to make the roster.

DT Shy Tuttle: Was highly productive at Tennessee. The Saints made an effort to get a little heavier this year on the defensive line. Tuttle fits that bill checking in at 300 pounds. Sheldon Rankins will miss some time at the start of the season rehabbing from a torn Achilles and David Onyemata is suspended for the first game, thus creating some depth concerns in the interior of the defensive line.

DT Sylvester Williams: Isn’t by true definition a dark horse but in this case he still has long odds to make the roster. His veteran presence gives him a chance to stick at a thin position group heading into the regular season. Spoiler Alert! Williams is my pick as a dark horse. The problem is if a younger player like Shy Tuttle plays just as well as Williams, Tuttle will get the nod. He’ll be cheaper and isn’t a vested veteran, it’s complicated the CBA would come into play here. In other words if Williams is on the roster through week 1, the Saints would be on the hook for his salary for the rest of the season. Tuttle could be bounced on and off the roster as need be without a heavy price.

DB Terrell Williams Jr.: He’s huge for a defensive back at 6-foot-4, 212 pounds. The issue is the Saints secondary might be the deepest position group on the entire roster. Williams Jr. will have to find a way on the roster in the kicking game on special teams.

WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey: Is massive at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds. At Texas, he was extremely physical, running over defenders when the football was in his hand. He doesn’t have good top end speed. During OTA’s and mini-camp practices Humphrey struggled to get separation from defensive backs. When the pads are on that might change, but I doubt it. However, the Saints tend to favor big receivers so we’ll see.
DE Corbin Kaufusi: He’s 6-foot-9 with fantastic length and you can never have enough pass rushers. The rookie out of BYU will be a fun guy to watch. He’s got some pass rush ability that could land him a spot on the team.

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Old 07-26-2019, 06:41 AM   #24
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My pick is LJH.

We always wanted Anquan Boldin butnit never panned out. This could be the same type player.
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Here is my guy ...

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

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Here is my guy ...

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

Darkhorse, Major, darkhorse. But, yeah, I'm amazed, excited he fell to us in the draft...
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What makes it difficult for some of these DBs, LBs to make the squad is the guaranteed money paid to Banjo, Robertson who are non-starters, but logged many kick coverage snaps...
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Darkhorse, Major, darkhorse. But, yeah, I'm amazed, excited he fell to us in the draft...
1a WR SIMMIE COBBS.
1b RB DEVINE OZIGBO
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1a WR SIMMIE COBBS.
1b RB DEVINE OZIGBO
Agreed on Simmie Cobbs. Payton liked him enough to keep him on the active roster for the last month of the season so I think there’s definitely a plan there.
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Old 07-26-2019, 08:13 AM   #30
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I'm waiting to see them with the pads on and see what shakes out, but there're three that intrigue me...

Porter Gustin, Devine Ozigbo, and Cyril Grayson...

For whatever reason, we saw Trey's snaps decrease his second year, and the Saints need that third pass rusher for those Nascar Packages (Payton loves cross-sport-themed monikers)...

Gustin, healthy, was good for a sack+ a game at USC, and has the size to play DE or the Jack in a 4-3 - he's a multiple front edge defender...

Murray is a big man, but his burst is just adequate; as awesome as Kamara is, don't want to use him as a bowling ball (Ingram)...

While Ozigbo will require coaching up coming from the Cornhuskers, he has terrific burst at the second level...

Saints offense thrives with outside speed threat to tear the tops off of offenses; Devery got it done; never better with Cooks; Ginn just isn't always AVAILABLE...

Grayson will have to show a good progression rate in his development, must have reliable hands, and win the return game job...

With the speed he showed blowing past ALL the DBs in OTAs, he makes the squad, and the Saints have found their replacement for Ginn...
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