2018 New Orleans Saints

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  1. TwentyTwo

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    The New Orleans Saints will have 16 white players on the opening 53 man roster.

    Starters in BOLD

    QB's (2)
    Drew Brees
    Taysom Hill

    Full Back (1)
    Zach Line

    TE's (2)
    Josh Hill
    Dan Arnold

    O-Line (3)
    Max Unger
    Ryan Ramcyzk

    Will Clapp

    D-Line (2)
    Trey Hendrickson
    Mitchell Loewen

    LB's (3)
    AJ Klein
    Alex Anzalone

    Nate Stupar

    DB's (0)

    ST's (3)
    Thomas Morstead
    Will Lutz
    Zach Wood

    Practice Squad: TBA
     
  2. Freethinker

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    Nate Stupar is gone but OL Josh LeRibeus is on the active roster, so a push.

    LB Vince Biegel was also signed to the practice squad and I think he’s in a good position to get called up at some point. The Saints only have 5 LBs on the roster. He was very good at Wisconsin and was drafted fairly high. He never got a fair shake with GB’s new GM and could explain his release not lack of talent.
     
  3. Deceptive Speed

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    So Taysom Hill is now the lead kick returner, he took 3 back for 68 yards. He also was taking direct snaps in crunch time against the falcons, ending with 3 carries for 39 yds!!
     
  4. Shadowlight

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    Since you brought him up Deceptive--I didn't know he was returning kicks--- but below is a collage with separate video footage of Hill taking direct snaps and returning kicks etc..

    In basketball they call a player coming off the bench a spark. I hope Hill becomes a bit of a fixture for the Saints, a team that has been reluctant to showcase any white skill players. When was the last time the Saints played a white WR?

    https://www.vanquishthefoe.com/2018...rything-in-new-oreleans-saints-ot-win-falcons
     
  5. Deceptive Speed

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    I couldn't tell you the last time I've even seen a white WR on their roster.

    Better yet when was the last time a back-up QB was a teams KR, if there ever was?
     
  6. Shadowlight

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    As for Saints WRs the best I could come up with as most recent of any import was Keith Poole (1997-2001). I still think the Chargers may have the longest drought when it comes to white WRs.

    The KR/QB question is intriguing. Based on a quick search Joe Theismann returned punts for a spell in the mid 70's. Some QBs switch positions like the athletic wonder Matt Jones, a talented and fast white athlete who was possibly cold shouldered out of the game.

    A part of me feels the Saints are using Hill like a clown as he runs down on kick offs. Quarterbacks just don't do those things so you wonder if the Saints seriously consider him to be a QB.

    That said I can live with him running back kicks and being used as a legitimate QB/RB. I hope they actually incorporate him into the offense on a fairly steady basis as a pass/rush option rather than throwing him in there every once in a while as a gimmick.

    Hill is another one of those versatile athletic throwback players who needs to see the field more often. I am sure we all will be monitoring his progress but based on the recent Saints history with white skill players I am not getting my hopes up too much.
     
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