A position-by-position look at the New Orleans Saints' 90-man roster heading into the start of training camp. Players report on Thursday and will hold their first practice Friday at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.
Gone from last year: None
Key roster battle: The battle for the backup job between McCown and Griffin will be one of the most compelling on the entire roster throughout training camp and the preseason. McCown has the experience and probably a little more of that “trust factor.” But he will need to clearly outshine the younger Griffin to keep his job.
The Saints are very high on Griffin’s long-term potential, so he’s practically a lock to make the roster. And if they feel Griffin is capable of handling the backup job, they only need to keep two quarterbacks, which has been their preference in past years.
Based on what we saw in OTAs and minicamp, it looks like an even matchup, which favors Griffin. But preseason performances will make a huge impact on this battle.