5 New Orleans Saints on the ‘way too early’ 2016 roster bubble

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Aug 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; A New Orleans Saints helmet rests on the bench prior to the Saints
Aug 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; A New Orleans Saints helmet rests on the bench prior to the Saints /
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Aug 30, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints nose tackle John Jenkins (92) against the Houston Texans during the first half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 30, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints nose tackle John Jenkins (92) against the Houston Texans during the first half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

John Jenkins

This is John Jenkins chance to shine, but can he run with it? Many believe that drafting Sheldon Rankins placed him alongside Nick Fairley for the starting rotation. Unfortunately, that’s not entirely the case. Rankins and Fairley are both 3-technique defensive tackles. There’s likely to be a rotational committee on the defensive line for 2016, and I tend to give a bigger edge to second-year Tyeler Davison over Jenkins based on film I watched.

At this point, Jenkins has a great chance to be on the final 53-man roster because he only has to worry about Ashaad Mabry beating him out. However, the performance escalator Jenkins and Terron Armstead received in February brings up an interesting thought. There’s a $1.67 million savings opportunity that could arise if the Saints choose to run with it.

Jenkins may see some of his snaps diminish, especially if the team can develop some more ‘tweeners’ and shift some personnel around.

Next: Zach Strief

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