3 New Orleans Saints starters who could be benched with a bad camp

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The first preseason game for the New Orleans Saints will take place on Sunday, Aug. 13 as they host the Kansas City Chiefs. It will be the start of their second season under Dennis Allen, who needs to find a way to turn things around following a 7-10 finish in 2022.

While the addition of Derek Carr will surely help, the Saints will still need to round out their roster. That includes giving a few fringe players a nudge.

Having said that, this nudge could turn into job displacement if the slated starters aren't careful. Here are three examples of players who could lose their starting spots with a bad camp and preseason.

3. Zack Baun, LB

A third-round pick in 2020 out of Wisconsin, Zack Baun originally appeared to be a steal for New Orleans. He was known as a solid linebacker who also had the ability to bring the heat as a pass rusher.

However, after three seasons in the league, he's left a lot to desire. Baun enters this year with 58 total tackles and no sacks, pass defenses or interceptions.

Despite this, he's slated to start after they lost Kaden Elliss in free agency. Even with the departure of Elliss, Baun is guaranteed nothing — especially if he doesn't stand out in camp or any of the preseason appearances he's sure to make.

One player who could unseat him is D'Marco Jackson a fifth-round pick from 2021 who was gaining traction before an injury ended his rookie campaign. If he picks up where he left off and Baun stays stagnant, there could be a change coming.