By Andrew Schuster @ShootsMcGavin on May 23, 2014
The New Orleans Saints have been keeping busy this offseason and are still at it after an exceptional 2014 NFL Draft. OTAs are starting up, which means training camp is just around the corner. Let's go ahead and take a look at five players that need to finish strong this summer before the season kicks off in the fall.
Robinson sure put on a display when handed the ball last season. He is an explosive athlete with an uncanny ability to truck over defenders. Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram are the Saints' two feature backs at the moment, but if Robinson can run lights out in camp, we may see a heavier workload shift his way by the time the season kicks off. After the departure of Darren Sproles, bigger numbers are likely for Khiry in 2014.
The speedy Morgan was poised for a big 2013 as Drew Brees' deep threat, but a gruesome knee injury forced him to miss the entire year. Kenny Stills stepped onto the scene and a had big rookie campaign. Now, Saints' first-round draft pick Brandin Cooks looks to do the same. Morgan was recently signed to a one-year extension, but he better do all he can to stay healthy and shine in training camp in order to see significant playing time.
Armstead is entering his second year after being selected by the Saints in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was a three-time All-SWAC offensive tackle at Arkansas-Pine Bluff and has some serious NFL potential. He stepped onto the scene when Sean Payton benched Charles Brown against the St. Louis Rams in week 15. Armstead looks to be the starting left tackle in 2014, but a strong performance this summer should help him secure the spot.
Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan brought Victor Butler with him from Dallas last year to bring some added pressure on opposing quarterbacks. He was poised for a big 2013, but after colliding with Mark Ingram in practice, he was forced to miss the entire season with a knee injury. Butler is a little behind now, and after the resigning of Parys Haralson, he will have some work to do to earn that starting spot opposite Junior Galette.
The Saints failed to address their need for a center in the 2014 NFL Draft after losing Brian de la Puente to free agency. Tim Lelito started at the guard spot three times last year and actually practiced at center for a majority of the season. The word on the street is that he is the front runner to replace De la Puente. With a strong performance in training camp, Lelito may be able to lock that down.
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