NFL fans can taste the excitement in the air as the 2022 season is less than two months away. First, each of the 32 teams must make it through training camp, with the New Orleans Saints' rookies kicking things off on Tuesday, July 19 before the veterans join on Tuesday, July 26.
The Saints hope to rebound following a season marred by injuries. The roster received several upgrades over the season and will now be led by head coach Dennis Allen, who'll have some tough decisions to make now that training camp is right around the corner.
Here's a look at three Saints veterans who could be cut during training camp.
Saints Training Camp
1. Tre'Quan Smith, WR
Saints fans keep hoping that former 2018 third-round pick Tre'Quan Smith will take his game to the next level, but he's yet to come close to doing so. The 26-year-old wide receiver recorded just 377 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 32 receptions in 11 games last season, while his 98.5 passer rating when targeted was the lowest of his career. Even though the Saints re-signed Smith to a two-year contract this offseason, that doesn't mean he's safe. With Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry in the WR room, Smith isn't the lock to make the roster that he may have been in the past.
2. Devine Ozigbo, RB
Going undrafted in 2019, running back Devine Ozigbo has yet to find his place in the NFL. This is now his third stint with the Saints in as many years and it's growing tougher to have much confidence in him. Ozigbo has only seen 11 carries over his career, averaging just 2.3 yards on those opportunities. Even with Alvin Kamara beginning the 2022 NFL season with a six-game suspension, he still has to fight Mark Ingram, Dwayne Washington and even Tony Jones Jr. in training camp. Unless Ozigbo can prove that he was hiding more talent all this time, fans shouldn't be surprised if he's cut in the coming weeks.
3. Albert Huggins, DT
Injuries led to defensive tackle Albert Huggins playing the most games (nine) of his career. It led to him recording 16 total tackles in that span, however, it's not exactly impressive when a player has to rely on injuries for playing time rather than seizing the opportunity based on skill alone. David Onyemata and Shy Tuttle have priority over Huggins for the starting spots, while rookie Jordan Jackson should provide some extra competition. Barring any unexpected improvements, Huggins could be on the outside looking in when it comes to New Orleans' 53-man roster.
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