Kirk Merritt could be a difficult player for the Saints to cut

Leigh Oleszczak
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kirk Merritt -Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kirk Merritt -Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /
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It feels as though Kirk Merritt has come out of left field for the New Orleans Saints this summer. It’s gotten to the point where Merritt won’t be someone the team can cut with ease. 

When training camp got underway in Louisiana, not many people had Kirk Merritt pegged as someone who would capture the attention of the New Orleans Saints. While people were focusing on Rasheed Shahid and Dai’Jean Dixon, Merritt has been the one to step up and wow in the two weeks that camp has been taking place.

Merritt, an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas State, started his career with the Dolphins in 2020. He spent two seasons with the Dolphins but didn’t get much playing time in South Beach, hauling in just one catch for 13 yards during that time.

The 25-year-old has a new opportunity with the Saints and he’s making the most of what’s been offered to him so far.

While the Saints have their starting wide receiver trio set, Merritt could absolutely win a depth role for the organization. As of now, it looks like he will indeed win a depth job for the offense this year.

Saints might not be able to cut Kirk Merritt

Even Dennis Allen has noticed the show that Merritt has put on in camp this summer. During his media session on Tuesday, Allen noted that Merritt caught his eye and he’s looking forward to seeing what he can do on the actual football field.

The locks to make the team at wide receiver are Michael Thomas, Chris Olave, Jarvis Landry, Marquez Callaway, and Deonte Harty. Tre’Quan Smith isn’t a lock despite his past experience with the team and that’s Merritt’s best chance at getting onto the roster.

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Merritt needs to show that he can continue his hot streak in the preseason games. If he can, it’ll be really hard for the New Orleans Saints to end up cutting him.

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