May 29, 2014; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) and wide receiver Kenny Stills (84) run with teammates during offseason team activities at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Saints Training Camp ’14 Position Battles: Wide Receiver

The New Orleans Saints action packed off season has come to a close as the Saints head off to training camp. And while the team will be enjoying the beautiful 60 degree weather at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, no doubt the competition for roster spots is sure to heat up.

The Saints coaching staff has been quoted for saying that every spot on the roster is up for grabs when training camp begins.

“Every spot on the roster is up for grabs.”

Realistically, that isn’t the case. When the first practice of training camp begins on Friday 90 players will be competing for 53 spots. Hows that for steep competition?

While some positions like wide receiver are up for grabs for a few starting spots, others like quarterback, of course, only have backup positions available. It’s always fun to watch it come together and there are always a few surprises. In this post lets take a look at the Saints Wide Receiver options.

Total Roster Spots Available : 5

Spots Open:  2

Saints depth chart:

  1. Marques Colston
  2. Kenny Stills
  3. Brandin Cooks
  4. Joe Morgan
  5. Nick Toon
  6. Robert Meachem,
  7. Andy Tanner
  8. Charles Hawkins,
  9. Seantavius Jones
  10. Brandon Coleman
  11. Steve Hull

The Saints typically keep five receivers on their roster.

Going into the 2014 season three of those five spots are already locked down by Colston, Stills, and rookie Cooks. If you do a little

Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem (17) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers (25) and strong safety Yeremiah Bell (37) during a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cardinals 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

elementary math you know that only leaves two spots up for grabs for the other eight wide receivers, four of which are still practice squad eligible.

The obvious front-runners are Robert Meachem, who recently signed a one-year deal with the Saints, Joe Morgan, who is recovering from a torn ACL, and third-year receiver Nick Toon.

The more likely choices over the 29 year old Meachem, may seem to be Morgan, 26, and Toon, 25, but in reality the two spots could go to any of the three players.

And barring a standout performance at camp, it would be difficult for any other player to, including Tanner, could receive a spot over Meachem, Morgan, or Toon.

 

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Tags: 2014 Season Andy Tanner Brandin Cooks Brandon Coleman Charles Hawkins Joe Morgan Kenny Stills Marques Colston New Orleans Saints Nick Toon Position Battle Robert Meachem Seantavius Jones Steve Hull

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