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Saints 2023 Training Camp Standouts

These players are looking to make a big impact this season.

NFL: New Orleans Saints Minicamp Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Training camp is a great indicator of who is taking the next step into stardom. As the New Orleans Saints wrap up this year’s camp, let’s take a look at a few players who really stood out from the rest.

Marshon Lattimore:

Marshon Lattimore was injured for the majority of last season and his presence was missed. Throughout training camp, the 4x pro bowler has impressed many, often being named as the team’s training camp MVP. Lattimore had an impressive run to start camp allowing only one catch in six practices. If the former 2x first-team All-Pro corner can return to form, or better, the Saints defense has the potential to be the best in the league.

Chris Olave:

After an impressive rookie season, Chris Olave is expected to take a significant leap in 2023, and his training camp performance has only added to those expectations. The former ROTY candidate recorded 72 receptions for 1,042 yards and four touchdowns during his rookie campaign, and after his training camp performance, it's looking like those numbers will skyrocket this season. The former Ohio State Buckeye has dominated his 1-on-1 reps and in team drills, performing highlight reel-type plays while doing so. Many reporters have given Olave the “superstar” title after his impressive and dominant camp.

Blake Grupe:

Undrafted free agent Blake Grupe has just recently beat out long-time kicker Wil Lutz for the starting job, and his training camp performance is a big factor in why. Grupe has been turning heads, kicking over 90% throughout camp. The rookie was also asked to kick the game-winning field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Saints’ preseason opener, which he delivered.

Grupe will have a lot of expectations going into the 2023 season after the Saints chose him over the proven veteran kicker, but if his performance during training camp and preseason is an indicator of how he will perform, the Saints will be in good hands.

Kendre Miller:

There has been a question mark around rookie running back Kendre Miller’s impact in the receiving game. The TCU product only had 229 receiving yards in his college career but is expected to expand his receiving ability in the NFL. Miller has been going to veteran running back Alvin Kamara for advice. Kamara is one of, if not the best, route-running running backs in the league and Miller had the opportunity to show what he learned from him during the preseason game versus the Los Angeles Chargers on a 27-yard diving catch. The rookie running back has made plays all throughout camp, both on the ground and through the air, and should hold up nicely for the Saints during Kamara’s three-game suspension.

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