New Orleans Saints go young, thin at WR on first 53-man roster

METAIRIE, La. -- Here’s a player-by-player look at the New Orleans Saints' 53-man roster:


Drew Brees: Expect a bounce-back year after a turnover-plagued 2014.

Luke McCown: Saints trust the steady vet -- but hope he never plays.

Garrett Grayson: This will be a “redshirt” year for the third-round draft pick.


Mark Ingram: Finally broke out in fourth season, proving he can be a workhorse if needed.

C.J. Spiller: Exciting potential in this offense as runner/receiver if knee injury doesn’t linger.

Khiry Robinson: Has shown potential to be a starter, but touches will be limited when everyone is healthy.

Tim Hightower: Back from three-year absence; awesome comeback story, even if stay winds up being temporary.

Marcus Murphy: Seventh-round pick should be top kick returner; drew raves from Sean Payton this summer.


Austin Johnson: Former undrafted linebacker beat out more experienced vet Erik Lorig.


Brandin Cooks: Dynamic second-year pro is poised to become Saints’ top playmaker.

Marques Colston: 10th-year veteran still plays big role, especially in the red zone.

Brandon Coleman: Second-year sleeper is a younger version of Colston at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds.

Willie Snead: Another second-year sleeper who forced his way onto roster with great camp.


Benjamin Watson: Won’t come anywhere near Jimmy Graham’s numbers, but he should play bigger role as pass-catcher.

Josh Hill: Third-year pro was special teams MVP last year, will also play bigger offensive role.


Terron Armstead: Athletic third-year pro emerging as one of the Saints’ best players.

Zach Strief: 10th-year vet has arguably been team’s most consistent lineman over past two years.

Andrus Peat: Top draft pick has great size and agility, but he’ll begin as backup after struggling early this summer.

Max Unger: Two-time Pro Bowler was big reason behind Jimmy Graham trade with Seattle.

Senio Kelemete: Will likely be Saints’ top backup at both center and guard.

Jahri Evans: Six-time Pro Bowler still above average but has started to show some inconsistency.

Tim Lelito: Solid but unproven third-year pro getting first chance as a full-time starter.

Mike McGlynn: Eighth-year journeyman earned backup job after signing in May.


Cameron Jordan: Saints counting on him to return to 2013 Pro Bowl form after signing five-year, $55 million extension.

Akiem Hicks: Powerful end/tackle trimmed about 20 pounds after quiet year in 2014.

Tavaris Barnes: Undrafted rookie was part of Clemson’s top-ranked defense last year.

Bobby Richardson: Another undrafted rookie flashed as inside/outside pass-rusher.

Obum Gwacham: Saints claimed raw developmental rookie off waivers from Seattle.

John Jenkins: Saints need more consistency from third-year pro who said he lost 35-40 pounds this summer.

Kevin Williams: Saints signed six-time Pro Bowler in June and immediately plugged him in as starter.

Tyeler Davison: Rookie fifth-round pick has shown athleticism, versatility versus run and pass.

Kaleb Eulls: Yet another undrafted rookie lineman with versatility to play tackle/end.


Hau’oli Kikaha: Second-round draft pick should start; had 19 sacks as senior at Washington.

Kasim Edebali: Second-year edge rusher switched from end to OLB midway through camp.

Davis Tull: Rookie fifth-round pick missed most of the summer after shoulder surgery but flashed in final preseason game.

Stephone Anthony: First-round pick has impressive athleticism, poise; should start as rookie.

David Hawthorne: Solid but unspectacular eighth-year vet could start at weak-side or middle linebacker.

Dannell Ellerbe: Athletic veteran missed most of the summer with injuries after arriving via trade with Miami.

Ramon Humber: Seventh-year pro has been solid backup, core special-teams player since arriving in 2010.

Michael Mauti: Saints claimed New Orleans-area native, special-teams asset off waivers from Vikings.


Keenan Lewis: A true No.1 CB; Saints will miss him while he recovers from reported hip surgery.

Brandon Browner: Saints’ top free-agent target brings physical press coverage, vocal leadership.

Delvin Breaux: Stellar play this summer has capped a remarkable comeback from broken neck in high school.

Damian Swann: Rookie fifth-round pick showed some growing pains but flashed enough to earn nickel role.

Kyle Wilson: Former Jets first-round pick showed inconsistency this summer but saved some of his best for last.

Brian Dixon: Second-year undrafted pro brings value as a gunner on kick coverage.


Kenny Vaccaro: Great as a rookie in 2013, struggled in 2014. Added muscle in hopes of bouncing back.

Jairus Byrd: Injuries keep derailing three-time Pro Bowler, who missed all of training camp with an unspecified knee issue.

Rafael Bush: Solid fifth-year pro is a reliable alternative while Byrd is out; could push him for starting job when both are healthy.

Jamarca Sanford: Seventh-year vet signed late last season; an asset both on D and special teams.


P Thomas Morstead: As good as it gets in NFL, Morstead made the Pro Bowl in 2012.

K: Zach Hocker: Second-year pro will make NFL debut this week; beat out fellow youngster Dustin Hopkins.

LS: Justin Drescher: Heading into sixth year with Saints, still under the radar. Both good signs for a long snapper.