Predicting 5 Surprise Starters for New Orleans Saints in 2014

Predicting 5 Surprise Saints Starters

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The New Orleans Saints are stacked on both sides of the ball and we may very well be looking at the best roster the team has had in a long time. OTAs are wrapping up and training camp is just around the corner. The new football year is creeping up on us, so here are five players who could find themselves in the starting lineup when the 2014 season begins.

5. John Jenkins

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5. John Jenkins

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Out of all the positions on defense, I think that nose tackle is the most vulnerable. After generously paying Brodick Bunkley, I have not seen anything from him that makes him worth the dough. Second-year man John Jenkins is nursing a pectoral injury that required surgery, but he is expected to be back as a full participant when training camp kicks off. He is much bigger, more explosive and serves as a better plug up the middle than Bunkley.

4. Stanley Jean-Baptiste

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4. Stanley Jean-Baptiste

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Saints' rookie Stanley Jean-Baptiste screams shutdown potential as a 6-foot-3 former wideout. "Experts" like to say that he is a project and will need time to develop. I like to say that "projects" usually don't get first-team reps. Champ Bailey is the favorite to win the spot opposite Keenan Lewis, but Jean-Baptiste continues to impress coaches. I see him jumping Patrick Robinson and Corey White to battle with Bailey for the starting job.

3. Victor Butler

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3. Victor Butler

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After missing all of 2013 with a torn ACL, Victor Butler has some catching up to do. He will be battling with Parys Haralson for the starting job as left outside linebacker. Rob Ryan brought Butler over from Dallas to attack and get pressure on opposing quarterbacks. I believe that he is a better overall player, so with a little extra hard work and focus, he could find himself back where he was before he got injured -- as a listed starter.

2. Jonathan Goodwin

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2. Jonathan Goodwin

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The Saints decided to bring back Jonathan Goodwin after spending a few years with the San Francisco 49ers. The addition of the free agent center was mainly for depth and insurance purposes. Tim Lelito is the man in control of the situation at the moment, but Goodwin is well-acquainted with Sean Payton's offense and has the experience and leadership to jump ahead on the depth chart with a strong performance in full pads.

1. Khiry Robinson

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1. Khiry Robinson

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As a rookie in 2013, Khiry Robinson stunned fans down in New Orleans. The Saints' running back did not see too much action, but when he was on the field, you could tell the kid was going to be special. He's quick, strong, explosive and has the ability to truck over defenders who get in his way. He's listed as the third back on the depth chart, but he has been taking reps with the first team during OTAs. He may just be the Saints' best RB.


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