5 things to watch over the New Orleans Saints final four games

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Nov 8, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill (89) runs after a catch for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Titans defeated the Saints 34-28 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

2. Playing for the 2016 roster

There are a number of guys who will not be on this team next year, and also a number of players who we know for sure will. There are also a number of players who should treat the next four games as if they are fighting off final cuts in order to secure a roster spot, because they likely are.

Players like Obum Gwachum, Josh Hill, Tavaris Barnes, Kasim Edebali, and Kyle Wilson to name a few, have only four more games in which to prove to their coaches that they not only belong on an NFL roster, but on this one. These last few weeks need to be treated like a four week tryout by a number of players on this roster. And in my opinion that should be the viewpoint of not only the players, but the coaches as well. Whether this year is a ‘rebuild’ or not, a four-win performance is never acceptable and the players who can’t prove that they can help be a part of the solution will have proven themselves to be part of the problem.

The NFL is a results-oriented business, and unless you prove you can produce in live game snaps, you aren’t of much real value to a team. The other side of the coin is that the coaching staff needs to do everything it can to ensure it gives these players enough opportunities so that they can be properly evaluated. There is nothing worse than having a hidden gem in your locker room and never giving them the chance to shine until you see them making plays…for someone else.

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