Saints Roster Outlook: Quarterbacks and Running backs

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Jan 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Tim Hightower (34) runs against Atlanta Falcons strong safety Kemal Ishmael (36) and cornerback Robert Alford (23) in the fourth quarter of their game at the Georgia Dome. The Saints won 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Tim Hightower (34) runs against Atlanta Falcons strong safety Kemal Ishmael (36) and cornerback Robert Alford (23) in the fourth quarter of their game at the Georgia Dome. The Saints won 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /
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Motionbacks (3)

  1. C.J. Spiller #28
  2. Daniel Lasco #36
  3. Travaris Cadet #38

This is where the first really tough roster cuts come into play.  The top two guys  – 2015 signee C.J. Spiller and rookie draft pick Daniel Lasco – are reasonably safe from Saints roster cuts.  Sean Payton has admitted that Spiller got a raw deal last year, being rushed back from a training camp knee scope operation, and he never regained the all-NFL speed he flashed in Buffalo.

Lasco, on the other hand, seems tailor-made for the offense.  He’s a bit undersized to be a powerback like Ingram and Hightower; he weighed in at only 209-pounds at the NFL combine, while Ingram (215-pounds) and Hightower (222-pounds) are both visibly stouter.

Still, Lasco boasts a well-rounded set of skills for the position and he’s running on fresh legs after an early-season hip injury limited what he could do in 2015.

Lasco is also going to be a key special teams figure, but not like how you’d expect:  he is a gunner, who led California in special teams tackles (24) in 2014 when he was healthy enough to play a full season.  Punt- and kick-return duties will be at the hands of either Travaris Cadet or second-year draft pick Marcus Murphy, who had issues with ball security last year despite some impressive returns.  For now, I’m giving Cadet the edge of experience over Murphy’s possible upside.

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