3 New Orleans Saints with the Most to Lose This Preseason
Who's ready for some football? Seriously, the start of the first regular season game can't come any sooner. We're a mere few weeks away. Finally!
But while we're waiting, organizations are trying to figure out their final roster moves, analysts are analyzing...Tebow (ugh, enough already).
With two preseason games left, there are plenty of opportunities for players to secure their roster spots; at the same time, there are more opportunities for spots to open up depending on who's doing or who's not doing what.
A couple of preseason games down, two more to go before the start of the regular season for the New Orleans Saints. Some Saints players have a lot at stake—whether it's earning a roster spot or securing a roster spot, some need to step up their production and earn their snaps.
Let's look at the following three Saints, in no particular order, with something to lose this preseason.
Chris Ivory, RB
With all the hoopla and rage over the Saints' potent passing game in the 2011 season, they also had a pretty decent run game. Their run game, split between four running backs, combined for a total of 2,013 yards.
Last season, Chris Ivory averaged 4.7 yards per carry. Not too bad, right? So Ivory definitely has a role again this season? Well, so far it doesn't look that way. Ivory has had a bad preseason so far, developing some fumbling issues which don't help him, especially with rookie Travaris Cadet showing Ivory up.
Cadet is having a nice start to his NFL career. Cadet has shown he can catch, run the ball effectively and pass block.
If Ivory wants to have a role with this Saints offense, he needs to increase his production.
The very athletic linebacker, Jonathan Casillas, has shown some flashes of playmaking ability in his first three years with the Saints. He's having a nice preseason so far, and is battling for a starting spot, but the only concern with Casillas is he's prone to injury.
Casillas was out for all of 2010 due to a foot injury. He missed some time last season with a knee injury and experienced some back problems this offseason.
He has the potential to be a solid starting linebacker that can make plays, but he needs to show the Saints that he is durable and is able to stay on the field.
Courtney Roby, WR
The veteran wide receiver is entering his ninth season in the NFL, fifth with the Saints. He's mostly played on special teams with the Saints (the last reception he had was in 2009), but Roby is having a nice preseason so far and is making a name for himself as a receiver.
Roby may have moved up to take the fourth receiver spot ahead of Nick Toon and Adrian Arrington, who have both been out due to injuries. He has shown his route-running abilities and good hands this preseason.
If Roby continues to be consistent, that fourth receiver position is his to lose. He just has to keep working hard and continue to make plays.
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