28 August 2006

New Orleans Saints 53 Man Roster Predictions--REVISION

Now that we've had some tranasctions and a couple of cuts, it's time to update my predictions. There hasn't been much change from the last one.

QUARTERBACK(3): Drew Brees (starter), Jamie Martin, Todd Bouman
COMMENTS: Bouman’s preseason performance gives him a chance to stick around. McPherson’s injury keeps him from gaining experience

RUNNING BACK (4): Deuce McAllister (starter), Reggie Bush, Aaron Stecker, Jamaal Branch
COMMENTS: Fred McAfee is gone.

FULLBACK (2): Mike Karney (starter), Keith Joseph
COMMENTS: I don't suspect we'll se a lot of fullback formations this year, especially if we see Bush and McAllister in the backfield at the same time.

WIDE RECEIVER (6): Joe Horn (starter), Devery Henderson (starter), Jamal Jones, Marques Colston, Bethel Johnson, Mike Hass
COULD MAKE THE TEAM: Michael Lewis, Chris Horn, Chase Lyman, Lance Moore
COMMENTS: Stallworth has been traded to the Eagles. That makes room to add one. I'm adding Hass.

TIGHT END (3): Ernie Conwell (starter), Mark Campbell, Nate Lawrie
COULD MAKE THE TEAM: Zachary Hilton, Billy Miller
COMMENTS: What the hell happened to Zach Hilton? Is this guy the second coming of John Farquhar?

OFFENSIVE LINE (9): Jamaal Brown (starter), Montrae Holland (starter), Jeff Faine (starter), Jermane Mayberry (starter), Jon Stinchcomb (starter), Jamar Nesbit, Zach Strief, Jahri Evans, Jonathan Goodwin
COULD MAKE THE TEAM: Dwayne Ledford, Ben Archibald
COMMENTS: I really don’t think Ledford and Archibald can make the team, but they only have 11 offensive linemen in camp right now.

DEFENSIVE LINE (8): Charles Grant (starter), Will Smith (starter), Brian Young (starter), Hollis Thomas (starter), Willie Whitehead, Rob Ninkovich, Rodney Leisle, Antwan Lake
COULD MAKE THE TEAM: Brandon Villareal, Tony Bryant, Jimmy Verdon, Josh Williams, Joe Minucci
COMMENTS: The Saints claimed Lake off waivers from the Falcons. And they need a veteran DT rotation. It looks like the fight for the last couple of spots will be unpredictable.

LINEBACKERS (7): Scott Fujita (starter), Mark Simoneau (starter), Scott Shanle (starter), Jay Foreman, Colby Bockwoldt, Alfred Fincher, Tommy Polley
COULD MAKE THE TEAM: Terence Melton, E.J. Kuale
COMMENTS: I get this suspicion that Colby Bockwoldt will be cut. But I'm keeping him on the roster right now. But if I was right about Stallworth (of course, that wasn't hard)....

DEFENSIVE BACKS (9): Mike McKenzie (starter), Fred Thomas (starter), Jay Bellamy (starter), Roman Harper (starter), Josh Bullocks, Bryan Scott, Jason Craft, Josh Lay, Anwar Phillips
COULD MAKE THE TEAM: Omar Stoutmire, Grant Mason, Steve Gleason
COMMENTS: I missed on Joey Thomas. I originally had him in because he was on the second team. But I'll give the last spot now to Lay for the time being.

SPECIAL TEAMS (3): John Carney (kicker), Steve Weatherford (punter)
COULD MAKE THE TEAM: Mitch Berger, Kevin Houser (long snapper)
COMMENTS: I'll switch on Weatherford for the time being. He seems fine right now as an NFL punter. There are strong rumors too that Kevin Houser is on the bubble.

OFF SINCE THE LAST LIST: Donte Stallworth, Brandon Villareal, Terence Melton, Joey Thomas, Mitch Berger

ON SINCE THE LAST LIST: Mike Hass, Antwan Lake, Mark Simoneau, Josh Lay, Steve Weatherford

UPDATE: CG at Saintsdoggle has a post covering Terry Bradshaw giving his take on the future of the Saints in New Orleans.

KATRINA DAY UPDATE: Upon further review, I have given in to the rumors and dumped Kevin Houser from the roster. I am replacing him with Keith Joseph.

TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, New Orleans Saints, Saints, NFL, Preseason


At August 28, 2006 11:09 PM, Blogger dillyberto said...

I get the feeling Gleason and Houser are counting frequent flyer miles looking at the cheapest flights out.

If Freddie Mac is gone..

Gleason is on thin ice.

Houser: Ninkovich handled the lobg snaps in the last game. Ninkovich is a beast.

Houser does nothing else to warrant a roster spot.

At August 29, 2006 6:54 PM, Blogger dillyberto said...

What do you think we will have to give up for Edwards, the Chargers linebacker?

At August 29, 2006 10:29 PM, Blogger Fitch N. DarDar said...

"People," blogs and forums are under the impression that we will use the pick we got from Stallworth to get him. YOu can't do that, because we don't know if we're gonna get a 3 or a 4 yet.

Personally, I don't see how or why we would give up better than a 3 or 4 for a guy with injury issues on the downturn of his career. Of course he would be an improvement, but is he worth it? I don't know.


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