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5 New Orleans Saints Players Who Must Perform Well at Training Camp

5 New Orleans Saints Players Who Must Perform Well at Training Camp

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The New Orleans Saints have a number of players who are ready to shine, but what about the ones who need to shine? With that in mind, let's take a look at five members of the black and gold who must perform well when training camp kicks of on Friday July 25.

5. NT Brodrick Bunkley

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5. NT Brodrick Bunkley

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Derick E. Hingle- USA Today Sports

Bunkley has been nothing but a disappointment since signing with the Saints in 2012. He was brought in to stop the run, but instead, New Orleans allowed 147.6 yards (last in NFL) on the ground in 2012 and 111.6 (19th) in 2013. With John Jenkins on the PUP list recovering from pectoral surgery, now is Bunkley's time to prove that he is the team's No. 1 tackle. Otherwise, Jenkins will gladly snatch that role when he returns, which is likely soon.

4. WR Joe Morgan

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4. WR Joe Morgan

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Joe Morgan, who emerged as a true deep threat in 2012, missed all of 2013 with a torn meniscus and partial ACL tear. Injuries have been nagging him throughout his career, so that will be something to monitor. Despite the one-year extension, his spot on the 53-man roster is not a lock, but a strong, healthy outing at training camp can change that. Him, Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks bring some serious speed to that high-powered offense.

3. OLB Victor Butler

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3. OLB Victor Butler

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Rob Ryan brought Victor Butler with him over to New Orleans from Dallas in hopes of inflicting some added pressure on opposing quarterbacks. He has tremendous upside as a pass rusher and was projected to start, but missed all of 2013 after going down with a torn ACL. Butler will need to bounce back and have a solid camp, or he could lose out on the starting job to Parys Haralson.

2. Patrick Robinson

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2. Patrick Robinson

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Robinson has been more on the bust side for New Orleans since being taken in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. After performing well during training camp and preseason last year, he fell to injury during the Week-2 contest in Tampa and missed all of 2013. With the addition of Champ Bailey and rookie Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Robinson will need a lights-out performance if he wishes to make a solid contribution in 2014.

1. WR Nick Toon

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Derick E. Hingle- USA Today Sports

1. WR Nick Toon

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Derick E. Hingle- USA Today Sports

Nick Toon impressed at minicamp and OTAs, which is something he's been known to do in the past. If he can't carry over his success to training camp and preseason, there is a chance that his job will be in jeopardy. Granted, health issues have been a problem, but he seems to blow every opportunity that is given to him. With all the depth at wide receiver, this may be his last chance to impress.