New Orleans Saints vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Things to look for in tonight's game

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Oct. 2, 2011; Jacksonville FL, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) runs upfield against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

Although this is the New Orleans Saints third preseason game, there are still some interesting battles that will continue for roster spots.  This will also be the first game played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome since January 1 of this year and fans are ready to be back.

Interim head coach Joe Vitt was asked if any players were emerging in the past few preseason games and practices.  Vitt responded that really everyone is still emerging and considers this their second preseason game.  But here are some things that could emerge and to look for:

1.  Wide receiver-Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. had positive things to say about Andy Tanner as has quarterback Drew Brees.  Courtney Roby is having an equally hungry, impressive run for the position, drawing praise as well.  Joe Morgan has speed but is having issues with remembering routes and some inconsistency with catching passes in practice.  With Adrian Arrington and Nick Toon sidelined, this is the opportune time for one of them to pull away from the pack.

2.  Cornerback-Johnny Patrick is considered the favorite for the nickel cornerback spot,  but Marquis Johnson is nipping at his heels.  Also someone to look for is Corey White.  While he may not get a starting spot, White has been doing well and coming along in his position while having a good week at practice.

3.  Running back-With Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles, and Pierre Thomas a pretty much deadlock, Chris Ivory was thought to be guaranteed as well.  Ivory though hasn’t been running with the same style as in the past and has been fumbling the ball quite frequently in practice.  If he does that tonight, then rookie Travaris Cadet will keep gaining ground on him with the stellar play he’s been showing.  Cadet, like Andy Tanner, has developed a cult following from fans, but it will be performance and not popularity that determines the roster.

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