|Offense||3rd||129.4 (6th)||261.8 (5th)|
|Defense||17th||111.7 (15th)||224.8 (15th)|
|72||Armstead, Terron||T||6-5||304||7/23/1991||6||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|62||Barclay, Don||G||6-4||305||4/18/1989||7||West Virginia|
|5||Barrett, J.T.||QB||6-2||220||1/23/1995||R||Ohio State|
|24||Bell, Vonn||DB||5-11||205||12/12/1994||3||Ohio State|
|29||Coleman, Kurt||DB||5-11||208||4/1/1988||9||Ohio State|
|92||Davenport, Marcus||DE||6-6||265||9/4/1996||R||Texas-San Antonio|
|56||Davis, Demario||LB||6-2||248||1/11/1989||7||Arkansas State|
|95||Davison, Tyeler||DT||6-2||309||9/3/1992||4||Fresno State|
|18||Floyd, Michael||WR||6-3||220||11/27/1989||7||Notre Dame|
|59||Freeman, KeShun||LB||6-2||250||11/10/1995||R||Georgia Tech|
|19||Ginn, Ted||WR||5-11||180||4/12/1985||12||Ohio State|
|48||Gray, J.T.||DB||6-0||202||1/18/1996||R||Mississippi State|
|45||Griffin, Garrett||TE||6-4||240||3/4/1994||2||Air Force|
|96||Hamilton, Woodrow||DT||6-3||315||12/20/1992||2||Ole Miss|
|91||Hendrickson, Trey||DE||6-4||270||12/5/1994||2||Florida Atlantic|
|89||Hill, Josh||TE||6-5||250||5/21/1990||6||Idaho State|
|69||Jenkins, Alex||DE||6-6||270||1/15/1993||1||Incarnate Word (Tex.)|
|53||Klein, A.J.||LB||6-1||240||7/30/1991||6||Iowa State|
|23||Lattimore, Marshon||CB||6-0||192||5/20/1996||2||Ohio State|
|73||Leonard, Rick||T||6-7||311||11/22/1996||R||Florida State|
|11||Lewis, Tommylee||WR||5-7||168||10/24/1992||3||Northern Illinois|
|3||Lutz, Wil||K||5-11||184||7/7/1994||3||Georgia State|
|81||Meredith, Cameron||WR||6-3||207||9/21/1992||4||Illinois State|
|39||Moore, Kam||CB||5-10||200||10/1/1996||R||Boston College|
|97||Muhammad, Al-Quadin||DE||6-4||250||3/28/1995||2||Miami (FL)|
|28||Neasman, Sharrod||DB||6-0||198||10/14/1991||3||Florida Atlantic|
|30||Nelson, Robert||DB||5-9||175||2/16/1990||3||Arizona State|
|93||Onyemata, David||DT||6-4||300||11/13/1992||3||Manitoba (Canada)|
|52||Robertson, Craig||LB||6-1||234||2/11/1988||6||North Texas|
|21||Robinson, Patrick||DB||5-11||191||9/7/1987||9||Florida State|
|30||Scott, Boston||RB||5-6||203||4/27/1995||R||Louisiana Tech|
|76||Stallworth, Taylor||DT||6-2||305||8/18/1995||R||South Carolina|
|54||Stupar, Nate||LB||6-2||240||3/14/1988||6||Penn State|
|15||Tate, Brandon||WR||6-1||195||10/5/1987||10||North Carolina|
|51||Te'o, Manti||LB||6-1||241||1/26/1991||6||Notre Dame|
|13||Thomas, Michael||WR||6-3||212||3/3/1993||3||Ohio State|
|63||Tom, Cameron||C||6-4||300||6/21/1995||2||Southern Miss|
|78||Turner, Landon||G||6-4||325||5/15/1993||2||North Carolina|
|26||Williams, P.J.||CB||6-0||196||6/1/1993||4||Florida State|
|40||Williams, Marcus||DB||5-11||196||3/24/1991||5||North Dakota State|
|83||Yelder, Deon||TE||6-4||255||3/6/1995||R||Western Kentucky|
|14||Dural, Travin (IR)||WR||6-2||207||11/19/1993||1||LSU|
|76||McDaniel, Tony (IR)||DT||6-7||305||1/20/1985||12||Tennessee|
Ola tried out for the Saints over the weekend and will add depth at tackle behind starters Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk. The 30-year-old journeyman played for the Chargers in 2017, appearing in two games.
Savage was forced to leave Friday's practice with an undisclosed injury. With the veteran quarterback back in the mix, it doesn't seem like there is too much concern moving forward. Savage currently holds the edge over both Taysom Hill and J.T. Barrett for the No. 2 quarterback position in New Orleans.
Smith has been a standout throughout training camp and has now led the Saints in receiving yards in each of the team's first two preseason games. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, the third-round draft pick has a nice combination of speed and size and proved to be a dangerous deep threat while at Central Florida. If Smith continues to excel, he could quickly factor into the Saints' three-receiver packages, particularly if either Cameron Meredith suffers an injury setback or 33-year-old Ted Ginn begins to show his age.
Hendrickson, who hasn't played since Week 14 due to an ankle injury, logged a limited practice Friday and will be available for Sunday's contest. He's expected to provide depth at defensive end behind Cameron Jordan and David Onyemata.
Ramczyk left Thursday's practice with an undisclosed injury. While the team was tight-lipped regarding the situation, it now appears the issue was nothing serious. Barring any setbacks, the first-round pick out of Wisconsin is seemingly on track to start the season protecting quarterback Drew Brees' blind side.
Davison underwent surgery in January to repair the torn labrum that impacted him throughout his rookie campaign. He's been rehabbing and recovering for months and is expected to be back in full for the start of training camp. When he returns he'll likely be the top backup at defensive tackle behind starters Sheldon Rankins and Nick Fairley.
Armstead played through a torn hip flexor in the 2017 season and has been rehabbing the injury throughout the offseason. He now looks to be back to full strength and will again look to solidify the team's offensive line in 2018.
Maulet was waived by the Saints in late September and has resided on the team's practice squad. The 22-year-old should serve as a depth option in the secondary with safety Marcus Williams (groin) ruled out for Sunday's game, and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore (ankle) and P.J. Williams (shoulder) listed as questionable.
Bushrod underwent surgery on his arm back in January, but was always expected to be ready for Organized Team Activities. The 33-year-old guard signed with the Saints in March and will be a nice depth option along their offensive line.
Davis took over as the Jets' starting middle linebacker in 2017 and easily turned in the best statistical season of his career, logging 135 tackles, five sacks and one pass breakup across 16 games while not missing a single defensive snap. It therefore comes as a bit of a surprise that the Saints would move him outside, with Manti Te'o starting at middle linebacker. While it's unwise to put too much stock into unofficial depth charts -- particularly this early in training camp -- Davis' production could take a slight hit if he does indeed remain outside.
In his second season, Crawley solidified himself as the Saints' starting cornerback across from Marshon Lattimore after starting the season as an inactive. The 24-year-old is under contract through next season but then will become a restricted free agent. However, if he continues to grow in Dennis Allen's system throughout the offseason, the Saints may have no choice but to offer the young cornerback a long-term deal.
After missing the first week of the preseason with an undisclosed injury, Watson returned to practice last weekend and proved his health Friday night. He figures to get plenty of snaps on a team without much talent at his position, but it would be unwise to expect a reprisal of his 2015 target count (109) from his last stint with the Saints. In addition to being three years older, Watson is now part of a far more balanced team.
Loewen missed a few days of practice due to an undisclosed injury, but the minor issue didn't keep him from playing 23 defensive snaps Friday. He'll continue to battle for a reserve spot at defensive end.
It's unclear exactly how much individual work Jordan may have been able to put in Thursday, but it looks like the Saints are easing the defensive end back onto the field after he underwent minor foot surgery back in February. There hasn't been much concern surrounding Jordan's health since the surgery, however, and there isn't much of a reason to rush him back onto the practice field. Expect another update on Jordan's status to come during the team's mandatory minicamp in June.
Edmunds is listed on the Saints' official roster as a running back, but it appears that head coach Sean Payton may be inclined to use the Maryland product at both backfield spots in 2018. The 23-year-old has received positive marks for his blocking thus far in camp and could displace incumbent Zach Line as the Saints' top bulldozer out of the backfield if the team prefers to open up a spot at another position. Even if Line is retained, the versatility Edmunds has shown during the preseason in addition to his strong performance in spot duty as a rookie -- he gained 48 yards and a touchdown on nine carries -- should put him in good position to crack the Week 1 roster.
Stupar tore his ACL in Sunday's win over the Lions and his season officially is over. The linebacker played exclusively on special teams in his four games with the Saints, recording one tackle in four games.
Lasco was waived Wednesday after failing his physical earlier in the week. While he's now back with the Saints, the team hasn't provided a timeline for when Lasco will be back in action.
Bell played every defensive snap for New Orleans and led the Saints in tackles for the second consecutive week. With Kenny Vaccaro on injured reserve, the second-year strong safety should continue to be a valuable IDP option as long as the Saints remain in the playoffs. Bell and the Saints will head to Minneapolis for an NFC divisional-round showdown with the Vikings next week.
Hardee started off the week not practicing but progressed to full participation Friday to avoid the questionable tag. The 23-year-old should serve in his usual role as a special teams contributor against the Falcons this week.
After stints in New England, Cincinnati and Buffalo, Tate will need to turn some heads during training camp if he hopes to land on New Orleans' final roster. The Saints now have 13 healthy receivers on their roster, so the veteran pass catcher will have his work cut out for him.
Entering his second professional season, Arnold has yet to appear in an NFL game after spending the 2017 season on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. While there's been no indication that the 6-foot-6 Wisconsin-Platteville product is still under any physical limitations, there's also no guarantee that his move to tight end will secure him a roster spot this summer. However, he likely faces better odds at that position than he'd have at wide receiver, where the Saints are loaded.
Klein was the Saints' starting middle linebacker for most of last season -- relegating Manti Te'o to a backup role -- so it comes as a surprise that Te'o is listed as the starter, with Klein and Demario Davis manning the outside spots. That said, it's possible that Klein could lose his grip on a starting job following the offseason addition of Davis, so it's probably a good thing for Klein's fantasy stock that he's listed with the first unit at all.
Te'o played 57 of the Saints' 74 defensive snaps (77 percent), in addition to seven special-teams snaps. Te'o has notched 36 total tackles in the five games since starting at middle linebacker after AJ Klein (groin) was lost of the season. While not a flashy performer, Te'o should continue to be a quality IDP option in playoff fantasy leagues. The Saints will travel to Minnesota for next week's divisional-round contest against the Vikings.
Brees did not play in the Saints' first preseason game, either, but there's no reason for concern here. Brees has been a full participant in practice, and there's simply no need for the veteran to risk injury in a meaningless exhibition. As a result of a reinvigorated running game last year, the future Hall of Fame quarterback attempted his fewest passes in a full season since 2005. Brees nevertheless remains locked in as one of the best signal-caller options in fantasy, even as he enters his 18th NFL season.
Dural was unable to land a spot on any team's 53-man roster during his rookie season before ultimately signing a reserve/future contract with the Saints. His training camp got off to an unfortunate start Sunday, as the 24-year-old pass catcher suffered a broken humerus in practice. As a result, the team was forced to place him on the IR where he will remain for the rest of the season unless both parties reach an injury settlement.
Griffin is looking good from a physical standpoint after finishing the season on injured reserve with a foot injury. The second-year Air Force product is competing for a depth role at tight end.
Jonathan Williams rotated in behind Mark Ingram throughout the first half, while Scott and Terrance West didn't get any work on offense until late in the game. Scott did pick up 87 yards on three kickoff returns and 13 yards on one punt return, making his case for a spot on the 53-man roster even if he doesn't have a significant role in the backfield.
Hill had offseason surgery to straighten out his left ring finger, which was bent at an almost 90-degree angle for much of last season. The procedure should help him with catching passes, though he'll likely play second fiddle to offseason tight-end acquisition Ben Watson on offense.
Starting quarterback Drew Brees sat out the Saints' second preseason game, and Thomas accomplished little with backups Tayson Hill and Tom Savage under center. Still, no player in NFL history has caught more passes in his first two seasons than Thomas, who should again rank as a No. 1 fantasy receiver once the games start to count.
The Saints have yet to announce a corresponding move to open up a roster spot for Phillips, but his addition could speak to some concern the team might have about the health of fellow tight ends Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion) and Garrett Griffin (undisclosed). Per Teope, Griffin was absent from the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice. Phillips previously appeared with one game for the Saints in Week 16 against the Falcons, logging only eight offensive snaps.
Since entering the NFL as a third-round pick in 2014, Huff has been unable to find a foothold and last took the field Week 16 of the 2016 season. Notably, he was arrested in November of that year for DUI and possession of marijuana, which precipitated his release from the Eagles. Huff has a reserve/future contract from the Saints in his back pocket, which will allow him to take part in the offseason program and during the preseason. In order to land on the 53-man roster, post-suspension, he may have to impress at every stage in advance of the regular season.
Bromley has been a rotational defensive tackle this season, averaging just 1.4 tackles per game this season. If he's unable to return, Robert Thomas will fill in for a bulk of the depth snaps.
Robertson played 66 of the Saints' 74 defensive snaps against Carolina, and he added 12 more on special teams. However, despite the heavy playing time, he was quiet most of the afternoon. After logging a career-best 115 total tackles last year, Robertson has been much less productive in his second season in New Orleans, posting a mere 80 total tackles this year. Still, Robertson remains one of the Saints' starting linebackers and should be at least a decent IDP option in playoff fantasy leagues for next week's divisional-round matchup.
West bounced back from a five-carry, 10-yard effort in the first week of the preseason, but his lack of involvement prior to the fourth quarter suggests he's on the outside looking in. Jonathan Williams is making a strong case to work alongside Alvin Kamara while Mark Ingram serves a four-game suspension, and it probably doesn't make sense to keep a third- or fourth-string running back in the mold of West, who doesn't offer much as a pass catcher or special teamer. Williams, Shane Vereen and Boston Scott are all better fits behind the explosive Ingram-Kamara duo.
Following a 4-26-1 rushing line in the preseason opener, Williams operated as the clear No. 2 behind Mark Ingram in Friday's game. Boston Scott and Terrance West did eventually get some work, with the former taking six carries for 28 yards and the latter gaining 26 yards on just two carries. Alvin Kamara was held out of the game, helping the Saints get a better look at the players who might join him in the backfield while Ingram serves a four-game suspension. Williams seems to lead the group, but Scott and West won't go down without a fight.
While Moore's hamstring wasn't believed to be serious, it still left him sidelined for about a week and a half. The rookie is currently on the roster bubble as a sixth-round pick from this year's draft.
Williams was forced to leave Thursday's contest and did not return. With Williams given a recovery timetable of just one week, it doesn't appear that the rib injury is anything too serious, although he remains at risk of missing Friday's matchup with the Cardinals.
Ginn twice either ran the wrong route or was not aligned properly, as head coach Sean Payton expressed his displeasure with the entire wide receiver corps following the ugly offense performance. Still, it's reasonable to expect the 11-year veteran to clean up those mistakes by the time the games count. Although offseason acquisition Cameron Meredith -- as well as third-round draft pick Tre'Quan Smith -- could cut into Ginn's target share in 2018, the speed merchant remains one of the most dangerous deep threats in the NFL, even if his week-to-week variability makes him an inconsistent fantasy option.
Wood signed a one-year deal with the Saints last season after spending time with the Cowboys previously. He played in all 16 games and logged 151 snaps on special teams as the Saints produced one of the top kicking units in 2017.
Hoomanawanui suffered the injury in the offseason, and he noted that his absence was the byproduct of the team ensuring that he was ready to return to full-contact action. Neck injuries are generally delicate and dangerous, so the Saints naturally wanted to be cautious bringing Hoomanawanui back. He finds himself in a crowded tight end corps, but he still played 468 snaps on offense last season and should find a role as a run blocker for New Orleans in 2018.
Barclay ended the 2016 season with the Lions after being placed on injured reserve due to a concussion. He played just three games for the team after spending his first four seasons with the Packers. The 29-year-old guard will now look to earn a spot on the Saints' roster entering the 2018 season.
Meredith's lone target slipped through his hands and turned into an interception, but it was nonetheless encouraging to see him in a game for the first time since he tore an ACL last preseason. He worked alongside Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn with the first-team offense, providing a preview of what we might see in Week 1. Meredith needs to improve quickly if he's to have any chance of taking the No. 2 job from Ginn, who finished Friday's game with two catches for seven yards on four targets. In Meredith's defense, the entire New Orleans passing game was a disaster with Taysom Hill stepping in for Drew Brees as the starter.
It'll be unfamiliar territory for Ingram, who said he has never missed time with his team since he started playing sports. Ingram sat out the first two preseason games in 2017, but to prepare him for his time off, the Saints gave Ingram 14 carries on 23 offensive snaps through the first two exhibition contests this year. The Saints want to get Ingram ready physically and mentally before he returns in Week 5. However, Alvin Kamara shined while working in a tandem with Ingram last season and hasn't been a bellcow yet. Therefore, even though the Saints want to continue working Ingram hard, they'll need to focus on finding a suitable No. 2 for Kamara during Ingram's suspension. Jonathan Williams, Shane Vereen, Terrance West and rookie Boston Scott are battling for that spot.
The linebacker was less confident that he would be at full strength for the start of the Saints' offseason program in the spring, but it doesn't appear Anzalone is concerned about his recovery stretching into the start of training camp. A 2017 third-round pick, Anzalone had served in a starting role in the Saints' first four games before suffering the season-ending injury and finishing his inaugural NFL campaign with 16 stops and one sack.
Vereen logged 14 snaps on offense, with his first reception coming shortly before halftime. Though he hasn't generated any buzz since signing with the Saints a month ago, the 29-year-old could land on the 53-man roster if the team doesn't trust Jonathan Williams or Boston Scott to handle passing downs in the event of an Alvin Kamara injury. Williams seems to be winning the battle for the No. 2 running back job during Mark Ingram's four-game suspension.
Warford sustained the concussion while making a tackle in Sunday's game against the Jets, but he was able to progress through the concussion protocol this week and is expected to play Week 16.
Lewis did not play in last week's preseason opener due to an undisclosed injury and he remained sidelined through the weekend. Despite Lewis' return to practice, Brandon Tate continued to take snaps as the primary punt returner. Lewis has been deployed only sparingly as a receiver the last two years due to his diminutive stature (5-foot-7, 170 pounds), so he will likely need to overtake Tate as the team's primary returner if he's to earn a place on the final 53-man roster when the Saints break camp in a few weeks.
A standout dual-threat quarterback at BYU, Hill went undrafted in last April before signing as a free agent with the Packers. Despite an impressive preseason, Green Bay waived Hill, who was claimed off waivers by the Saints in September. The rookie quarterback spent most of the season on the practice squad before causing considerable buzz in his NFL debut in a Week 13 win over the Panthers -- a game in which he recorded two tackles and came close to blocking a pair of Carolina punts as part of the Saints' special-teams unit. While Hill continued to play on special teams (he finished the regular season with four tackles in five games), it's been reported that head coach Sean Payton believes that Hill could be the eventual successor to quarterback Drew Brees, who is a free agent this offseason. Hill's ascension to starting quarterback is unlikely to occur in 2018 -- considering Brees is expected to re-sign with the Saints this offseason -- but the team could let unrestricted free agent Chase Daniel walk this offseason, which could pave the way for Hill to bump up a notch on the depth chart. Although Hill's checkered medical history includes four season-ending injuries in college, he has intriguing potential as a dual-threat quarterback if he were ever to get an extended look in the NFL at any point.
Hamilton was waived with an injury settlement by the Patriots in early September and was residing on the Saints practice squad. The 25-year-old should serve a reserve role in New Orleans' defensive line rotation with Tony McDaniel (undisclosed) placed on injured reserve.
The receiving corps is currently sans Brandon Coleman (undisclosed, PUP list) and Travin Dural (arm) for an undetermined amount of time. Floyd thus arrives in New Orleans to act as a camp body with the potential to get into the good graces of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Cameron Meredith and rookie Tre'Quan Smith all own guaranteed roles in the offense, but Floyd could eke his way into that group with a productive preseason.
New Orleans tried to sign Elliott to a contract a couple weeks ago but didn't have a roster spot open to do so and, consequently, the NFL disapproved the signing. However, the team has since cleared space on the roster and Elliott is now officially a member of the Saints. The four-year veteran didn't appear in a regular-season game during the 2017 season but accrued 58 tackles, four sacks and one interception over 38 games for the Packers from 2014 through 2016 while primarily serving in a special-teams role.
It was only the second season that Onyemata played American, 11-man football, as the 25-year-old was drafted out of the University of Manitoba and didn't start playing organized football until 2011. That being said, Onyemata made major strides in 2017, recording career-highs across the board, including his first career sack in Week 4. Look for the defensive tackle to continue to make strides in year three.
Rankins was on the field for only 28 defensive snaps (58.0 percent) but he made his presence felt. The 23-year-old intercepted opposing quarterback Tyrod Taylor midway through the third quarter, which resulted in a 27-yard return. He will look to carry his momentum into the Saints' Week 11 matchup versus the Redskins.
Davenport made his return to practice Wednesday after being sidelined for nearly two weeks with an undisclosed injury, and it looks like 2018 first-round pick is going to be ready to make his debut in a Saints' jersey. Davenport will likely be somewhat limited in his debut given his extended absence.
A 2010 first-round pick, Robinson will return to his first NFL home after pit stops in San Diego, Indianapolis and Philadelphia. In the latter locale, he was a key contributor in the Eagles' march to a victory in Super Bowl LII, earning 69 percent of the defensive snaps while playing in every game during the season. His stat line included 47 tackles and four interceptions, but he may find it difficult to uphold that standard with Ken Crawley and P.J. Williams in the way for reps opposite stud 2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore.
Coleman missed four games due to knee and ankle ailments, contributing toward a slight decline in overall production. Still, Coleman has enjoyed a resurgence in Carolina, as he's registered at least 75 tackles in all three seasons as a Panther. While he'll be disappointed by not intercepting a pass this year, especially after 11 over the previous two campaigns, the 29-year-old remains a valuable member of the team's defense.
McDaniel was set to become an unrestricted free agent in March anyway, so it seems that New Orleans has simply given him assurance that the team doesn't plan on bringing him back for another season. The 33-year-old will thus get a head start in finding a new home for the 2018 campaign, assuming he wants to continue playing.
Lawrence logged 26 defensive snaps and looks to be moving around well after spending the 2017 season on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. The Auburn product is competing for a depth role along the defensive line.
Tom looked healthy Friday, which is notable since he appeared to be dealing with a shoulder injury during training camp earlier this summer.
Williams was one of the more experienced options left on the free-agent market considering he started 14 games for the Jets from 2014 to 2016. However, he's still not guaranteed a roster spot in New Orleans and will need to secure a depth role at some position in the secondary.
Lutz was reliable but unspectacular the past two seasons, converting 59 of 70 field-goal attempts (84.3 percent) and 96 of 100 extra-point tries, though he only went 7-of-12 from 50 yards and longer. His strong job security on a high-scoring dome team should lead to continued fantasy relevance even if he's merely decent from a real-life perspective.
Despite another solid statistical performance -- including nabbing a momentum-shifting interception in the second half -- all anyone will remember from the Saints' playoff defeat is Williams' incredible miscalculation on the game's final play, in which the rookie safety whiffed on a simple tackle that almost certainly would have clinched the victory for New Orleans. Notwithstanding Williams' memorable mistake, the former Utah product started all 15 regular-season games he played in after being picked by the Saints in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. A ball-hawking free safety in college, Williams was critical to the Saints' remarkable defensive turnaround, recording 73 total tackles and four interceptions in his first NFL season. Williams should again start at free safety in New Orleans in 2018, with his playmaking potential and dependable tackle production rendering him a quality option in many IDP leagues.
With no injury reported, the Saints likely are just being cautious as they prepare to begin the regular season without Mark Ingram (suspension). Kamara did have three carries for 11 yards and one catch for seven yards in last week's preseason opener against Jacksonville, and he could get some work in the third week of the exhibition slate. The Saints seems to be auditioning Jonathan Williams for a role behind Kamara while Ingram serves the four-game suspension. The team can't ask Kamara to shoulder the load alone, considering he and Ingram combined for 350 carries and 171 targets last season.
As expected, Peat drew the start at guard and looked healthy doing it, which is significant since the offensive lineman is bouncing back from a fractured fibula he sustained this past January.
Kikaha, whose 2017 campaign ended on IR with an ankle injury, returned to game action Friday when he played 22 defensive snaps in Week 2 of the preseason. He's competing for a roster spot behind starting outside linebackers A.J. Klein and Demario Davis.
Morstead was on his game Friday and already looks to be in midseason form. The highlight of his night was a booming 54-yard punt that particularly suggested Morstead is fully recovered from the fractured ribs he sustained in the Saints' divisional-round loss to the Vikings this past January.
The details on Line's deal with New Orleans are unclear, but he'll presumably be brought back on a one-year pact after appearing in 12 games in 2018. As the only fullback on the roster, Line doesn't face any current competition, but he's far from a lock to stick with the team by the time Week 1 arrives since the Saints could always turn to a backup tight end for lead-blocking duties if they want to prioritize strengthening depth at another position. Even if Line breaks camp with the team, he's unlikely to earn more than one or two touches per game in a backfield spearheaded by Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
Johnson signed with the Lions less than a day ago, but the team decided to let him go after being awarded ex-Broncos defensive end Kasim Edebali off waivers.
Just picked up off waivers after final cuts, Carr won't have a chance to face his old Patriots teammates on Sunday. The 23-year-old may have an uphill battle for active status this season, particularly after Willie Snead (suspension) returns in Week 4.
Banjo opened the 2016 season with the Packers. However, he was eventually released by the team with an injury settlement and ended up signing with the Saints in November once he was back to full strength. He went on to play in seven games for the Saints, logging five total tackles. Banjo does most of his work on special teams, however, which likely will keep his fantasy outlook low heading into the 2017 campaign.
Unger has been recovering from a Lisfranc injury he suffered from in Week 13 of last season, but with the passing of his physical, it looks as though the lineman will meet his goal of returning for the Saints' third preseason game.
It was initially believed that Okafor had suffered a major injury but, while a bone bruise and an ankle sprain could take some time to heal, he's gotten off relatively easy as far as injuries go. When healthy, Okafor is expected to serve as a key pass-rusher for the Saints in 2018.
The 11th overall pick of last year's draft immediately started paying dividends for the Saints, helping to improve a defense that ranked dead last in yards allowed in 2016. His five interceptions led all rookies and tied him for fifth in the league. Only 21, the sky is the limit for the former Ohio State Buckeye, who will enter the offseason as the Saints top cornerback.
Muhammad is little more than a backup lineman for New Orleans. He didn't see any run on defense in Week 1 and was on the field for just five special teams snaps. His absence shouldn't have much of an impact on the team.