Is totally new Orleans Saints tailback Travaris Cadet the next Pierre Thomas or even the next Joique Bell? It's impossible to know for sure, and that's why the undrafted rookie will rank one of the team's hardest decisions today once they cut their roster to 53 players by 8 p.m. central time.That's also why Cadet kicks off this week's First-and-10 column following the Saints' 10-6 loss towards the Gambling in Thursday night's preseason finale.Cadet has often been compared in recent weeks to Thomas - a breakout star within the 2007 preseason that has developed into among the Saints' all-time best tailbacks. And when they truly see that potential in Cadet, they'll keep him, and sometimes it means finding room for five tailbacks on the roster (or the less likely scenario of trading another tailback).However, as impressive as Cadet has been this preseason, the comparable that I can't shake is Bell - who had been a breakout star for that Saints last summer.
Bell did indeed make the 53-man roster as New Orleans' fourth tailback after leading the Saints in rushing and receiving in the summertime exhibitions. But he was inactive for each of the first couple of regular-season games prior to being demoted to the practice squad when defensive end Will Smith returned from a two-game suspension.Ultimately, the Saints had greater needs elsewhere, so that they decided that even four tailbacks were too much of an extravagance. Which could certainly be the situation again this season, especially with some injury question marks throughout the depth chart heading into Week 1.To date, I've been predicting that Cadet will miss the cut, though I'll admit I'm only about 60 % confident in that one. Personally i think like it might come down to Cadet vs. receiver Joe Morgan, another dynamic young offensive weapon having a high ceiling.Cadet's fumble within the first quarter Thursday didn't help his case, however it wasn't enough to undo all of the good he's done so far this summer. And the injury that he left the sport with in your fourth quarter didn't appear serious enough to doom him either.
Cadet continues to be outstanding like a receiver out of the backfield, solid as a kick returner and just average as a runner. However the versatility and the potential are enticing.At the very least, he's earned the distinction of being the most compelling Saints player to watch on roster cut-down day - even when he may never be active for any game. Get more information at an emotional Cadet's postgame thoughts.I considered making the somewhat bold prediction to exchange incumbent backup safety Jonathon Amaya with undrafted rookie safety Jose Gumbs (who had been incorrectly recognized as the culprit on a nose and mouth mask penalty committed by Junior Galette on Thursday). Amaya threw in the towel an 18-yard pass to Titans tight end Jared Cook and hasn't really shined this offseason. But he's still the greater proven commodity on defense and special teams.Fullback Korey Hall dropped two passes at Tennessee, which made him a level bigger question mark. But he's banking on his special teams coverage abilities.And in your mind that the Saints probably will begin by placing Will Smith on the reserve-suspended list. But there is a high probability he could win an appeal or injunction to be re-activated before the season opener. That would make it even tougher for undrafted rookie defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker to create they.When Aaron Kromer was anointed as the Saints' interim-interim head coach for that first six weeks of the regular season, he insisted he doesn't have intends to quit his day job because the offensive line coach and run game coach. He held true to his word Thursday night. After offensive tackle Charles Brown's false start killed a Saints drive on third-and-1, Kromer made sure to greet Brown on the sideline for a teaching moment.
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