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Saints Dark Horse Report

Kristian Garic looks at some of the underappreciated Saints at training camp

Kristian Garic
August 19, 2017 - 10:42 am
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​The Saints have a slew of dark horse candidates with long odds to make the team, but a few are starting to make their case to the coaches. Dark horse candidates are players that were un-drafted out of college or have less than 2 years in the league.  Let's stack up the dark horse players and breakdown their chances of making the team. 

1.  Adam Bighill, LB: He's an effort player that is very physical and has to show out on special teams to make the roster.  Bighill is undersized but that hasn't stopped him from making plays in the preseason/training camp.  He's a long shot to make the final roster because of the competition at line backer but I could see him on the practice squad and with an injury or two find his way to the active roster.  He's athletic and can really run, sometimes tho with his smaller frame he can't caught up in the masses in the running game. 

2.  Mitchell Loewen, DL:  He's consistenly showed up making plays, and right now running with the second team unit on defense. Loewen is a sturdy player that certainly factors into the roster conversation.  

3.  Travin Dural, WR:  The former LSU wide receiver has missed a week and half of practice after suffering a mild concussion in the preseason opener against the Browns.  Dural was already a significant long shot to make the final roster before the injury.  Dural's best shot is on the practice squad, and that might be an uphill climb at this point.  

4.  Arthur Maulet, CB:  After an impressive OTA and Mini-Camp session Maulet has cooled a bit in training camp.  He missed some time in camp with an injury but hasn't necessarily separated himself during camp.  He's played well at times, but not well enough to crack the roster.  I think he's a prime candidate for the practice squad. 

5.  Al-Quadin Muhammad, DE:  I know he's a draft pick and technically doesn't qualify as a dark horse, but he's a seventh round pick which ultimately makes him hardly a lock to make the roster.  Muhammad has played really well in camp in one preseason game providing the Saints some pressure off the edge. Initially I thought Muhammad would spend his first season on the practice squad, but now I have him on he active roster. 

These dark horse candidates and their roster status will likely change week to week but this is how I see it right now after one preseason game and 3 weeks of camp.  Injuries will certainly impact the over all roster and each individuals chances of making the roster. 

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