3 New Orleans Saints sleepers making a case for a roster spot

  • An undrafted running back
  • A potential gem at linebacker
  • A versatile defensive back
New Orleans Saints, training camp
New Orleans Saints, training camp / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
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So far in New Orleans Saints training camp, there have been some significant storylines to watch, but that is no surprise.

All offseason, the Saints have had some big question marks and stories to keep tabs on, from the likes of Michael Thomas' return to Alvin Kamara's impending suspension. Now during the thick of training camp, though, some of these storylines are going to lead to possible surprises within the final roster.

Which younger players might have a shot at pushing for a roster spot? Let's go over three, real quick, starting with one who will now benefit from that previously-mentioned Kamara suspension.

1. Ellis Merriweather, RB

The running back position in New Orleans is quite a fluid spot, right now. Alvin Kamara was suspended three games, recently, and the team also just placed Eno Benjamin on injured reserve. That leaves the position extremely thin, with veteran Jamaal Williams as the lead back until Kamara is back.

Behind Williams is this year's third-round pick Kendre Miller, whom the team is high on and for good reason. He could wind up being the starter once Kamara's time in New Orleans is done. But, what about depth for right now?

Undrafted running back Ellis Merriweather, out of Massachusetts, now has a legitimate shot to make the roster. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound back is a bruiser who could become a valuable short yardage runner, but also has some underrated hands that could lead to a third down role. If he can prove to be more than just a power guy, Merriweather now might have a chance to make the team.

Let's not overshadow the fact that Kareem Hunt is visiting the Saints today, too, though. That could change things.