The New Orleans Saints’ 2014 preseason came to an end on Thursday night with a 22-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and now the team must decide on its 53-man roster, which will be revealed on Saturday.
Multiple Saints’ starters didn’t play in the game, which was New Orleans’ first loss of the preseason.
The Ravens dominated the line of scrimmage for much of the contest. They rolled up 436 yards of offense, compared to just 190 for the Saints, while more than doubling New Orleans in time of possession.
One positive Saints coach Sean Payton can take from the shabby performance is the fact that his team was only flagged for one penalty. The Saints struggled with infractions in their first three contests and were penalized 22 times against the Tennessee Titans in Game 2.
Payton and the Saints’ staff must now turn its full attention to trimming the squad down to 53 players as next Sunday’s season opener against the Atlanta Falcons draws near.
Following is a prediction for New Orleans’ 53-man roster, with players making the final cut listed in bold.