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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Nov 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints punt returner Marcus Murphy (23) runs back a punt to set up the game winning field goal during the fourth quarter of a game against the New York Giants at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Giants 52-49. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints punt returner Marcus Murphy (23) runs back a punt to set up the game winning field goal during the fourth quarter of a game against the New York Giants at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Giants 52-49. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

Marcus Murphy

Last year, Marcus Murphy started his trek as a nice jolt for the Saints special teams. He helped the team break a four-year drought when he returned a punt 74 yards to the house against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. However, ball security issues became a problem in consecutive games against the New York Giants and Tennessee Titans. Because of that, he landed in Sean Payton’s doghouse and was eventually placed on season-ending injured reserve on December 16, 2015.

Murphy’s fate will be sealed if someone can unseat him in the return game (keep an eye on undrafted rookie Tommylee Lewis). Alternatively, Murphy would also have to show more versatility on offense to claim a spot on the final 53-man roster after playing a whole one snap last year. Rookie Daniel Lasco, who is an ideal Payton style running back, could quickly surpass Murphy on the depth charts.

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