With two preseason games remaining, two New Orleans Saints players remain contenders for roster spots and will likely make things tough for the team when final cuts are made. Running back Travaris Cadet and wide receiver Joseph Morgan each performed well in the Saints' third preseason game, a 27-24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday, August 17. Cadet and Morgan could each be vying for the fourth spot on the team's depth chart at their respective positions, and Friday's game did not hurt either player's chances.
Cadet looked explosive as a receiver coming out of the backfield once again, catching five passes for 62 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown. He now leads the team in receptions (19) and receiving yards (171) during the 2012 preseason and has scored twice.
Furthermore, Cadet's running seemed vastly improved against the Jags, as he grabbed 28 yards on three carries. This was crucial since Chris Ivory also played well, with 10 attempts and 43 yards. If Cadet is going to make the team, he may need to continue to perform better than Ivory. While Ivory is a proven veteran, he has had health concerns and has had some trouble finding running room this preseason.
Morgan, on the other hand, is shining at a position that is experiencing injury problems. With receivers Adrian Arrington and Nick Toon already sidelined, Andy Tanner also suffered an ankle injury Friday night. This could leave a path wide open for Morgan to make the team if he continues to impress and avoids dropping catches in practices and games.
Against Jacksonville, Morgan caught three passes for 68 yards and scored on a 53-yard reception. Like Cadet, he provides speed and brings energy to an offense that is already capable of scoring points in bunches. His preseason totals are now seven catches, 110 yards and one touchdown.
As a Saints fan, it is difficult to root for or against certain players during this point in preseason. For example, Tanner has looked great when healthy, catching eight passes for 120 yards, and I would hate to see him miss his opportunity due to bad luck. I also know that Ivory has been a tough runner for the Saints in the past and could even be a starter in the NFL at some point.
Still, if Cadet and Morgan continue to play this way, I believe they must be considered for roster spots. As a fan, I want the best players chosen to be on the active roster when the regular season begins. This Saints team is built around quality athletes, and Cadet in Morgan could fit right in.
Mike Patton is a sports fan who grew up in New Orleans cheering for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs, and LSU Tigers. As a kid in 1987, he made his first trip to Wrigley Field and also slept outside of the Louisiana Superdome to purchase playoff tickets for the Saints' first postseason appearance. Follow Mike on twitter @MikePattonGBS.