Friday, October 19, 2018

By week five or six, your roster is finally set

I really think the Saints  have been treating the first quarter of the regular season as sort of a training camp extension in recent years. In the first two weeks they shuffle a bunch of guys on and off of the roster. I don't think the defense really knew what it wanted to do for the first few games last year but sorted things out in the third or fourth game.  The same thing might be happening this year.  They still don't seem to know who the punt returner is.

Also, the Ingram suspension and the cautious recovery of Cameron Meredith have dramatically altered the offense already. It was nice to see Tre Quan Smith start to come on a little bit against Washington.  Looks like they're going to need more of that now.
The Saints have lost their deep threat.

New Orleans placed Ted Ginn Jr. on injured reserve on Thursday, which will keep him on the shelf for at least eight weeks, if not the rest of the season.

The wide receiver has been battling a knee injury and was seen in the locker room on Wednesday wearing a thin sleeve. With him out, it is likely that Tre'Quan Smith will receive more playing time moving forward.

Ginn appeared in the first four games of the season and collected 135 yards on 13 receptions. He was out during last week's game against the Washington Redskins, during which Smith saw his most extensive role and finished the game with three catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
So, the important point here is, we're still not sure who is even on the 2018 Saints yet.  It's nice when you can kind of accidentally end up 4-1 while figuring all that stuff out.  

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