The New Orleans Saints entered the 2022 NFL Draft with four running backs on their roster. One of those running backs, Josh Adams, is no longer with the team, as he was released by NOLA on Wednesday, per Mike Garafolo.
With Adams’ release, the team has five guys on their roster as of now and the one who this move benefits the most is UDFA Abram Smith.
The Saints signed Smith shortly after the draft wrapped up and he didn’t hear his name called despite a stellar 2021 campaign at Baylor. Smith put up 1,601 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns during the 2021 season.
Saints Roster: Josh Adams’ release paves way for Abram Smith
While Adams probably didn’t have a realistic shot of making the 53-man roster, this increases Smith’s chances of doing so, especially with Alvin Kamara likely facing a suspension.
The locks to make the roster at running back are obviously Kamara and Mark Ingram but behind those two, anything is possible.
Tony Jones Jr. wowed Saints fans during the preseason last year but ended up doing very little when he had the chance to prove himself in the regular season. That was a disappointment, as the Saints parted ways with Latavius Murray so that Jones could step into that role.
Dwayne Washington is also on the roster after re-signing with the team a few weeks ago. He’s never been a heavy-hitter but he’s valued on special teams so that could be what helps keep him on the roster.
Smith, however, has a chance to be the RB3 behind Kamara and Ingram and to get meaningful reps while Kamara is serving his suspension.
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While fans are hyping Smith up (obviously myself included), he’ll still have to show what he can do in training camp and the Saints’ three preseason games. If he performs as well as we’re all expecting him to, there’s absolutely a place on this roster for the Baylor product.