As we head into the preseason finale on Thursday night, several Saints players will be on the bubble. The final roster cuts will be made on Saturday afternoon with many hoping to not get that phone call. This game will be the make or break point for some; for others, it will be a chance for redemption. There will be a plethora of names to be watching for against the Dolphins. Here are a few that the Who Dat Nation should keep track of:
After his first game, Bridgewater has not been consistent the last two weeks. Some of the reasoning being the lack of protection and dropped passes. To much slander, the Who Dat Nation have not had a positive outlook on him going forward. In order to regain their trust, he will have to show out with a stellar performance no matter the circumstance.
With Dwayne Washington suffering a concussion last week, this is the perfect opportunity for Ozigbo to make his claim. Ultimately, he needs to prove his worth on special teams. For his sake, a big game on the ground will make it hard for the coaches to try and stash him on the practice squad.
Cyril Grayson / Simmie Cobbs / Emmanuel Butler
The wide receiving corp has been a logjam battle for all of training camp. Several players have stood out for different reasons. Butler has been the talk of the city; however, we have only seen a few flashes during games. Grayson has the speed with a couple of solid plays each game but not the consistency. Cobbs in the same boat but should be better of considering he was with the team at the end of last season. It will take a breakout game from any one of them to solidify a roster spot, even as a developmental player.
Patrick Robinson / P.J. Williams / Ken Crawley
Robinson has had a few bad plays during games; however, he was playing out of position on said plays. Williams has been up and down throughout the preseason but his ability to play nickel and outside is a key factor. Crawley, to the dismay of fans, has actually been playing pretty well under the radar. Between the three of them, it would be a surprise if one or two do not make the roster.
This one is by far the most intriguing given the circumstances. Craig Robertson has not played or practiced since the game against the Chargers. Compton was signed last week and had five tackles in limited time. If Robertson is out for a significant period of time, Compton will need all the playing time possible to earn a spot as a late addition. His veteran experience is a plus but competing against Josh Martin and Vince Biegel will make it a hard road to climb.
The preseason finale will be make or break for several players. You can guarantee that everyone is going put their all on the field come Thursday night. Regardless, it will be an exciting end to another incredible training camp. Saturday afternoon will be watched more than last year’s big game.