New Orleans Saints players who will benefit from extra playing time in second preseason game

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July 29, 2011; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints rookie safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (left) wraps up tight end Michael Higgins (right) during the first day of training camp at the New Orleans Saints practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

With the roster maxed out at 90 players right now, the eventual number will come down to the final 53-man roster soon enough.  New Orleans Saints players that are on the bubble or a long-shot could help their case to remain on the radar possibly until then.

Wide receiver Andy Tanner:  Consider it crazy but I’m getting a Lance Moore/Wes Welker vibe from Tanner.  He’s hungry and has been having an outstanding camp.  With Adrian Arrington out for this second game(maybe longer depending on his knee diagnosis), Devery Hendrson nursing a bad ankle and Nick Toon not playing, Tanner has a chance to prove himself against a quality opponent.

Cornerback Marquis Johnson:  Interim head coach Joe Vitt said yesterday that starters Jabari Greer, Patrick Robinson, and Johnny Patrick would not play against the Patriots.  This leaves Johnson as one of the starting corners on the roster for this game.  His camp has been going well although he was abused by quarterback Tom Brady in the last couple days of practice.  The long-shot just got his shot for tonight.

Cornerback Corey White:  White is battling for just a chance against some of the current veterans.  Selected in the fifth-round this year, his place on the roster isn’t guaranteed.  What is guaranteed is that with the absence of the top three corners, he’ll be starting alongside Marquis Johnson.  Like in Johnson’s case he’ll have to make the most of his opportunity against the Patriots.  Thrown into the fire is an understatement here.

Linebacker Jonathan Casillas:  Casillas fell off the face of the earth this offseason after another injury-plagued year.  He almost signed with the Tennessee Titans but the Saints tendered an offer to him.  Linebacker David Hawthorne will not play against the Patriots due to a hip flexor injury so Casillas should step in at the weakside position for him.  Time for him to remind the Saints why they wanted him to be a starter the last few seasons.

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