5 New Orleans Saints players to keep an eye on in NFL preseason Week 1

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In the secondary, the Saints have some questions about their cornerbacks. Who starts across from Marshon Lattimore is one but they're also looking at Alontae Taylor as a potential slot corner as well. What they don't need to worry about is who starts at safety.

New Orleans has two very talented safeties with Tyrann Mathieu and Marcus Maye. They even have a former first-round pick behind them in Jonathan Abram — although he's been considered a bust and only seems to be making this roster due to the fact that there's not much else behind their two starters.

This opens the door for rookie Jordan Howden. A fifth-round pick out of Minnesota, Howden has been praised for his incredible toughness as well as his experience on special teams.

He's appeared in over 50 collegiate games with 3,000-plus snaps. Howden doesn't have great turnover numbers but he's broken up 20 passes and so far in camp, the Saints have been thrilled with what they've seen.

Howden has a great shot of making the roster due to the lack of depth behind the starting safeties and Sunday will be the first chance to see if he looks the part of an NFL player. If so, he could be a regular during his rookie campaign.