Could Spencer Rattler get snaps for the Saints during his rookie season?

Quarterback Spencer Rattler is viewed as a promising option in the future for the New Orleans Saints, but is it possible that he sees the field as a rookie?
Mar 2, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler (QB10) during the
Mar 2, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler (QB10) during the / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints have added a few quarterbacks to the team this offseason. After losing Jameis Winston in free agency, New Orleans signed Nathan Peterman and Kellen Mond. However, no QB acquisition has made more noise for the Saints than the selection of Spencer Rattler in the fifth round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Rattler was once expected to be a top quarterback selected, but his college career didn’t unfold how many expected. Still, he flashed his potential and found his way to the league. Now, many people believe New Orleans could have the steal of the draft after landing Rattler in the fifth round.

Despite having Rattler and the other new quarterbacks on the roster, Derek Carr is still QB1 for the Saints. Carr is entering his second year with the Saints, and he’s hoping to lead the team to more success. With the inclusion of Rattler, it’s only natural to ask if the talented rookie will see any snaps in year one.

Alex Kay got into that a bit in a recent piece for Bleacher Report, looking at six rookies most likely to outperform their draft slot. Kay included Rattler on the list, but didn’t envision Rattler getting in the mix as a rookie.

Spencer Rattler named as a rookie that will outperform draft slot

Kay recapped the Saints’ quarterback journey since Drew Brees retired, and explained that the team “won't be able to take shortcuts when it comes to finding a stable long-term quarterback.” However, the team was able to land “a developmental prospect with the ceiling of becoming a quality NFL starter.”

That's Rattler, who saw the highs and lows of college football at Oklahoma and South Carolina. Now in New Orleans, Kay argues that Rattler will be able to spend time developing behind Derek Carr. Whenever Carr is out in New Orleans, Rattler will be ready to step in. As Kay puts it, Rattler “may end up becoming a serviceable starter in the Big Easy in exchange for what amounts to a throwaway pick.”