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3 Saints players who most needed the final preseason game

It was important for the players as much as the fans.

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It’s unfortunate for a lot of reasons that the New Orleans Saints were forced to cancel their final preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, with most reasons not related to football.

Players on the roster bubble heading into what would have been the final game would have been a chance for those players to make a final good impression before roster cuts. Instead, here are three players who would have benefited from that third preseason game who might now have their NFL futures in jeopardy.

Kevin White

The former first round pick brought a level of excitement to parts of the New Orleans fanbase when his signing was announced. He had the pedigree to potentially be a game-changing contributor to the Saints wide receiver corps, and hopes were high he could reach parts of that potential under the tutelage of Sean Payton.

Unfortunately for White, he didn’t see the field much during the Saints second preseason game, mostly taking snaps on special teams. His few targets as a wide receiver saw White make multiple crucial drops, and his future on the team was immediately in question. More so than most of the New Orleans roster, White could have used the third and final preseason game to redeem himself with a few critical catches. We’ll see if it ultimately mattered and if he’s able to stick around on the final 53-man roster.

Latavius Murray

I don’t necessary think Murray’s roster spot is in jeopardy, but his role as the Saints number two running back behind Alvin Kamara might be soon. Murray, a former starter at the position, failed to impress when he played with (and against) the backups during the first two preseason games.

With former UDFA Tony Jones, Jr. looking electric with his carries, Murray might not be a “starter” again in New Orleans after a couple of uninspiring performances in the regular season.

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Aldrick Rosas

The Saints need a kicker while Wil Lutz recovers, and all current signs pointed to Aldrick Rosas as the guy. Rosas looked to make a strong case with a 52-yard field goal in the first half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. But then the second half started, and Rosas missed an extra point.

This was on-brand for Rosas, who is known to have the leg power to nail the deepest of kicks, but has also struggled with accuracy over the course of his career. A series of drilling multiple extra points and mid-range field goals would have gone a long range for confidence in Rosas lining up with the game on the line.

Instead, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Saints kick Rosas to the curb and add in a more consistent option that gets cut by a different team.

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