It seems like every free agent or rookie that the Saints added during that short, but very productive free agency window, or the draft, have made a good impression, one way or another on their coaches.
Undrafted rookie wideout Joseph Morgan, a little unknown prospect out of Walsh University, made a loud statement with a 78 yard punt return for a touchdown during the Saints first preseason game vs San Francisco.< Morgan has his eye on one of the wide receiver position's, currently held by Adrian Arrington, but both Morgan and Arrington are young and willing to play special teams, return punts or kickoff’s, whatever it takes to make the team.
Starting Weak side Linebacker Scott Shanle is once again going against a young, athletic Jonathan Casillas, who, if he continues to play like he did last preseason, will grab the starting job from Shanle.
Casillas won the job last season, but injured his foot in the Saints final preseason game and missed the year while recovering.
The strong side linebacker position is open as well, both Will Herring and Clint Ingram are fighting it out to line up next to pro bowl linebacker Jonathan Vilma, one of many battles happening on the defensive side of the ball.
If Will Smith is suspended for the first four games of the 2011 season someone will have to step up, and right now it looks like it will be defensive end Turk McBride.
McBride, a free agent acquisition looking to make the starting lineup, will be followed by Jeff Charleston and Junior Galette who both show a lot of promise.
Although Smith will return after the 4 game suspension, this is another opportunity for several veteran players trying to crack the starting lineup to show their stuff, either for the Saints, or another team looking for someone at that position.