With the Saints entering the final week of the preseason, NewOrleansSaints.com looks at where the black and gold stand in all three phases.
EFFICIENT ATTACK: The Saints’ have showcased their patented balanced offensive attack in preseason. The squad is averaging a NFL preseason best 422.0 total net yards per game. The Saints’ 32.7 points-per-game average ranks second in the league. The first-team offense has committed zero turnovers in three exhibition contests.
Against the Chargers last Friday night, 15 different players caught a pass. The running brigade has seen a nice addition in rookie
He is averaging 5.1 yards per carry and shows no rust from the microfracture surgery performed on his left knee 20 months ago.
In his most significant playing time as a Saint, Daniel completed 15 of 21 attempts for 182 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints 38-20 victory over the Texans.
Ramsey is more experienced than Daniel as he enters his eighth year in the league. Ramsey completed 10 of 18 attempts for a 191 yards and a score against the Chargers.
Saints head coach Sean Payton said prior to the preseason that he wasn’t sure how many quarterbacks he would keep on the final 53-man roster and Daniel and Ramsey haven’t made that decision any easier by their solid preseason performance.
NEW DEFENSIVE FACES: The Saints look to replace perennial starters LB Scott Fujita and Charles Grant, who both left in the offseason. The team decided to move LB
Additionally, the Saints are dealing with injuries at three key spots. DB
SPECIAL TEAMS STEPS UP: The most criticized phase of the Saints has been the special teams coverage after giving up multiple 40-plus yards returns in the first two preseason games. The squad stepped up against the Chargers as they limited return ace Darren Sproles to a 5.3 kickoff return average and a 3.0 punt return average.
The Saints might have the best one-two punch in the game with third-year kicker