Examining what the New Orleans Saints roster could look like in 2022

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What will the New Orleans Saints’ offense look like?

With the impending suspension of Alvin Kamara rumored to be up to six games, all eyes during the Saints preseason will be on the running back position.

After the failed attempts to sign veterans Sony Michel and David Johnson, Abram Smith, a UDFA out of Baylor who received one of the largest guaranteed amounts the Saints have ever offered to an undrafted free agent, looks to be in a prime position to battle last year’s training camp darling Tony Jones Jr. for the third running back spot.

Dwayne Washington has an outside shot to make the team in addition to one of these two backs given his special teams prowess as well.

Wide receiver went from the biggest offseason need prior to the draft to now being one of the deepest. At this point, Tre’Quan Smith, despite his new contract, is a candidate to be cut or traded to avoid the dead cap hit due to a roster crunch. New Orleans has several young receivers currently on the roster who are likely battling for 1-2 practice squad spots.

Also keep an eye out for UDFA TE Lucas Krull, who could sneak onto the roster as a fourth TE or challenge Nick Vannett as TE3 if Vannett fails to impress or stay healthy during the preseason.

Depth on the offensive line was tested last year with injuries to starters Terron Armstead, Ryan Ramczyk, and Andrus Peat. The Saints are excited about the prospects of second-year OT Landon Young and have brought in veterans Forrest Lamp and Josh Andrews to supply depth on the interior.

Expect the practice squad to serve as an extension of the 53-man roster to allow for the Saints to keep several reserve offensive linemen this season.