After each New Orleans Saints preseason game, I will look at 6 fringe players and assess their likelihood of making the final New Orleans Saints roster based off of that game’s performance. Roster spot locks will not be considered as it’s already a given that players like Drew Brees, Michael Thomas, and Cam Jordan are going to make the team. That being said, here’s who trending up after Preseason Week 3...
Trending Up for a Roster Spot:
DL Tyeler Davison
After the revelation of the extent of Saints DT Nick Fairley’s injury, someone was going to need to step up along side Sheldon Rankins. Tyeler Davison has definitely stepped up. Davison had a strong showing against the Texans with a dominate pass rush and a nice tackle for loss. Davison seems to have locked down a roster spot as a rotational big man in the middle of the Saints defensive line.
CB PJ Williams
We can’t say it enough, but PJ Williams looks like he might actually be the best veteran cornerback on the roster. Williams looked energized and versatile, notching a tackle for loss and multiple pass break-ups. Williams held down opposing receivers to also cause ill-advised throws that won’t show up in the box score. A strong showing for the young Corner - let’s just see if he can stay healthy.
Chances Remain Unchanged:
QB Chase Daniel
The Saints are likely two carry three QBs including Drew Brees, and while Daniel didn’t set the world on fire against the Texans, he also didn’t make any horrible mistakes to fall down the pecking order. Whether Daniel or veteran back-up Ryan Nassib would get the call first in the event of an injury to Brees is irrelevant. Both are likely to make the roster.
QB Garrett Grayson
And if two Saints look to have all but secured their spot backing up Brees, Garrett Grayson remains the longshot. Expect to see a lot of Grayson in the final preseason game, but he’ll have to do a lot to make the team.
Trending Down for a Roster Spot:
WR Corey Fuller
Tommylee Lewis is getting more and more time with the starters, and Corey Fuller is getting less and less. When he is seeing the field, he’s not getting separation and he’s generating offensive pass interference calls. Not good.
LB Stephone Anthony
The longer the preseason goes without seeing Anthony take meaningful snaps, the more it looks like the former first-round pick should have that unfortunate label of “bust.”