August 17, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; A fan holds up a sign of suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton (not pictured) during the first half of a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
It may be hard to believe but despite the overall sluggish play of the Saints last night versus the Jaguars, there were actually quite a few positive performances on the field from some of the young talent on the team trying to crack the roster.
Let's take a look and see just which young players on the Saints roster bubble helped themselves and which ones hurt themselves following last night's sloppy preseason loss to Jacksonville in the Superdome.
3 attempts, 28 yards; 5 catches, 62 yards, 1 TD; 3 returns, 84 yards
After a so-so performance last week against the Patriots, Cadet bounced back nicely with 5 catches for 62 yards and what should have been the go-ahead touchdown against the Jaguars. He also looked good running the ball - finally! - with 3 rushes for 28 yards. And don't forget his decent job returning kickoffs.
2 tackles, 1 sack
The rookie defensive end out of Texas Christian finally put himself on the map with two tackles and a sack. If we see more of this from Broughton during the remaining two preseason games, he might get a shot at the practice squad roster.
Not that he performed poorly versus the Jaguars, but he did need to be carted off the field. A serious injury for a bubble player trying hard to make the roster at this point in the preseason is never good news.
3 catches, 68 yards, 1 TD
In all honesty, Morgan's 53-yard touchdown catch was probably more due to a defensive breakdown by Jacksonville's secondary than anything special the receiver did himself. But he still comes out looking like a champ on the stat sheet. Plus, if Tanner's injury is serious it might officially stamp Morgan's ticket onto this roster.
5 catches, 42 yards
Higgins led all tight ends in receiving this game. I like this kid and I'd say he's doing all the right things to make this team. Considering the Saints could use some depth at his position, I'd say he's got a good shot.