1. It’s hard to say whether the New Orleans Saints intend to carry two quarterbacks, or three, on the 53-man roster. But
2. Receiver Seantavious Jones is an interesting prospect. Will he make the gameday roster? Unlikely. The Saints are extremely deep at receiver. But Jones could be a great practice squad candidate and more than just looking the part (6 feet 3, 200 pounds), he often has played the part. Depending on how much the Saints plan to open the offense, he could be a nice target in this encounter. He could have a nice night before it’s over.
3. With so many reserves playing significant time, the potential exists for tonight’s preseason game to get a tad sloppy. There will be penalties; there have been a slew of them throughout the league this preseason as officials bear down on the points of emphasis, and players who are reserves aren’t likely to have as good a grasp of the schemes and techniques as the starters. But there also might be a rash of turnovers, too, and the Saints have done well in forcing them the previous two outings, against Tennessee and Indianapolis. Now, the inclination may be present to downplay forced turnovers in a game featuring backups. But we have to agree with Saints safety
4. The Saints pretty much are set in terms of the first four safeties: Byrd,
5. Whatever the result, both teams will be hoping for two things tonight: Players giving maximum effort, and no injuries. It’s not a cliché to say that this is a live audition for the players, one more chance for them to leave an impression not only on their respective teams, but also on every other NFL team. That alone should ensure that there’s no slacking off in effort. As Griffin said, this is their Super Bowl. And, obviously, the desire is to escape unscathed. Even though few, if any, starters will participate, many of these players are key reserves and largely will comprise both teams’ special teams units. There are special teams jobs to be won on the Saints’ roster, so there’s plenty on the line for the players.