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The ASC Podcast Bucs Preview: Next Man Up

On a gameday episode of the All Saints Considered Podcast, Ross and Alec come together to preview Sunday’s Saints at Bucs matchup, talk key matchups for both teams, and discuss the Saints’ injury situation.

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Coming into this game, the Saints have major injuries on all three phases of the game. Offense: Andrus Peat out six weeks with a broken arm. Defense: Marshon Lattimore week-to-week with a hamstring injury. Special Teams: Deonte Harris and a hamstring injury of his own out this game. So the question becomes, who will step up and be the next man up at each position to help the Saints as they attempt to improve to 8-2 on the year?

The Saints have young vet and former Tiger Will Clapp as well as actual veteran Nick Easton who they signed the day after Max Unger retired. Easton has spent a generous amount of the season inactive so far and does not yet have a regular season snap in 2019 after missing all of 2018. Do you go with the young Clapp who’s had good and horrible (2 sacks allowed last week) showings this year? Or the guy who hasn’t seen the field in the regular season since 2017?

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New Orleans also feels comfortable with its depth at cornerback, however that includes bouncing P.J. Williams or Patrick Robinson outside when they’ve shown much more capability in the slot. Which of the pair gets the nod? Or will it be a one and then the other type of situation?

Deonte Harris has been the spark plug and more that the Saints had hoped when they added the UDFA rookie from Assumption College. He came into the league the all-division NCAA leader in return touchdowns and has since compiled the third-most punt return yards (off of the first spot by only 3 yards) and is the only player in the NFL with over 200 kick and punt return yards. Will the Saints go back to Alvin Kamara in the punt return game? Or save him for the run and turn to veteran Ted Ginn Jr. Ross believes there may be a relatively unknown name who may get a shot as well.

Check out the podcast episode below for more in-depth discussion on all of these possibilities, key matchups the Saints must control to win, and predictions from the guys.

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