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Bubble players to watch tonight in Saints vs. Rams

Kristian Garic
August 30, 2018 - 10:22 am

The Saints wrap up the preseason tonight against the Los Angeles Rams, and they will have to trim their roster down to 53 players by Sunday evening.  Some describe the final preseason contest as meaningless.  For the handful of players who are fighting for a roster spot, tonight’s game is very meaningful.  Here are a few players who have a lot riding on tonight’s game.

TE Deon Yelder:  The undrafted tight end out of Western Kentucky received a $90,000 signing bonus from the Saints.  Yelder has struggled to make plays in training camp and preseason games.  He’s a good candidate for the practice squad, but his likelihood of making the 53 man roster is bleak.

QB J.T. Barrett:  Will get a ton of snaps tonight.  Barrett has been moderately impressive at times in camp; but with the addition of Teddy Bridgewater, the writing is on the wall.  He’s a developmental QB at best for the Saints.

RB Shane Vereen:  Jonathan Williams and Boston Scott are ahead of him on the depth chart, and he has to do something on special teams to make a splash.  Jobs can and will be won or lost tonight.

WR Tommylee Lewis:  He’s been very impressive in camp but might get caught in a numbers game.  The Saints know what they have in TommyLee, but he’s the guy the team will always look to replace because of his size.  Lewis has to make a play as a returner if he’s going to make the team.

LB A.J. Klein:  It’s hard to believe that one year into his Saints career he would be on the bubble.  Klein was brought over in the 2017 off-season from the Panthers.  Last year he was banged up at times, and when he did play had his moments of good and bad.  Klein didn’t have a great cam, and I wouldn’t be totally shocked if they either demote him from his starting role or outright release him this weekend.  His salary might be the only factor in keeping him for one more year.

Don’t look at this game as a throw away or who cares.  Tell that to the ten or so players who are fighting to make this roster or another team’s roster.  This is highly important to those guys and their families.

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