5 New Orleans Saints Players Climbing the Depth Chart During OTAs

5 New Orleans Saints Players Climbing the Depth Chart During OTAs

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The New Orleans Saints are loaded with talent and look to make a legitimate run at the Lombardi Trophy this year. It's hard to get an accurate evaluation of the team by watching them run through drills with no pads and limited contact, but getting a general idea of what the future holds for the Black and Gold is a bit simpler. With OTAs wrapping up, let's take a look at five players who are climbing the depth chart in the Big Easy.

5. Ryan Griffin

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5. Ryan Griffin

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I had my doubts about Ryan Griffin making it as a backup to Drew Brees with Luke McCown in the picture, but a solid performance during OTAs has caused me to reevaluate my views towards him. He looks comfortable in the system and has limited the mistakes by making excellent reads and decisions. The battle for backup quarterback is alive and well.

4. Vinnie Sunseri

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4. Vinnie Sunseri

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Safety Vinnie Sunseri has taken all of his reps with the second team this offseason. Not only can he be a major contributor on special teams, but he has the talent to make a huge impact on defense as well. Drafting a safety was a bit of a surprise. The Saints saw something special in him, and he is beginning to show it now. Jumping ahead of Marcus Ball on the depth chart is starting to become more and more realistic.

3. Stanley Jean-Baptiste

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3. Stanley Jean-Baptiste

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While Champ Bailey seems to be the favorite to win the starting job opposite Keenan Lewis, rookie Stanley Jean-Baptiste has been taking first team reps as well. The 6-foot-3 converted wide receiver has impressed coaches so far at OTAs and could give Bailey a run for his money. Regardless, the Saints' second-round draft pick should see a generous portion of playing time this season at the cornerback position.

2. Travaris Cadet

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2. Travaris Cadet

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Travaris Cadet is the fourth running back on the depth chart, but his versatility is really impressing coaches at the moment. He is the leading candidate to take over punt and kick return duties, and looks to be the frontrunner to grab ahold of the "Darren Sproles" role as a receiver out of the backfield. With OTAs wrapping up, he will need to continue his success during training camp. Looking at his past, ball security should be a main focus.

1. Nick Toon

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1. Nick Toon

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Heading into the new year, Nick Toon knew his job was on the line, and it probably still is. However, a strong performance during OTAs has helped him outshine some of his competitors at wide receiver. Since the Saints drafted him in round four of the 2012 NFL Draft, injuries have been a big problem. If he can stay healthy and continue to play in his comfort zone at training camp, he should secure a spot on the roster.


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