The New Orleans Saints will travel to the Edwards Jones Stadium to play the St. Louis Rams to open their preseason schedule. The Rams beat the Saints last season with a dominant front four. This year the Saints’ offensive line will look to improve, and this is the perfect way to do so. So without further delay, here are the players and battles to watch tonight.
Tim Lelito vs Jonathan Goodwin
The center position is one of the most important positions on the line, and training camp hasn’t given the coaching much as far as separation between the young gun Tim Lelito and the veteran Jonathan Goodwin. The St. Louis Rams have an absolute monstrous front four, so whoever is playing will be tested. They will need more than one game to decide, but this will go a long way to help decipher that battle.
Staying with the offensive line, Terron Armstead doesn’t really have any competition at the left tackle spot. However, even though he is penciled in as the starter, he is still, for all intents and purposes, a rookie. The Rams tout two of the league’s best defensive ends in Robert Quinn and Chris Long, which is a perfect test for Armstead in an exhibition game. He finished the season strong against playoff loss to Seattle; now, it is time to see if he can carry that success over.
2nd cornerback position
With most of the starting positions in the defense set, the number two cornerback spot is still unsettled. There are plenty of candidates for the job. We don’t know how limited Champ Bailey will be as he was sidelined with an undisclosed injury. However, Patrick Robinson, who is coming off injury, will get his first taste of game action. He will look to continue his strong camp and try to come closer to lock down the job. Corey White and Stanley Jean-Baptiste will also try to show their worth.
With Drew Brees possibly being sidelined with a strained oblique, the two players fighting for the second string job will be on full display. The veteran Luke McCown is going to try to hold off second year player Ryan Griffin. Griffin has shown vast improvement and is looking to be the heir apparent to Brees’ throne. Meanwhile, McCown has shown the ability to fill in on a limited basis. If the competition is close, Griffin will most likely get the nod with him being younger.