Top 3 players on the New Orleans Saints training camp roster bubble

  • Tre'Quan Smith is on thin ice
  • Payton Turner is too injury prone
  • Malcolm Roach needs to bring the heat
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1. Payton Turner, EDGE

In the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Saints added Houston defensive end Payton Turner. Listed at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, he was expected to be a future starter on the edge.

So far, that hasn't happened. Turner has missed a lot of time due to injury, appearing in just 13 games with a total of 28 tackles and three sacks.

New Orleans doesn't have to cut ties but according to John Siglar of Saints Wire, Turner's time so far has been a disaster and he could be in danger of seeing his time with the Saints end prematurely.

"It’s tough to look at Turner’s first two years and not see it as a disaster for the Saints. He ended his second season as a healthy inactive in a meaningless Week 18 game, having played a total of 10 snaps the week before. He’s missed too much time with injuries and hasn’t shown much ability to impact games when he has been on the field. Now the Saints have brought in second-round pick Isaiah Foskey to compete for his already limited snaps."

Siglar, Saints Wire

The addition of Isaiah Foskey is the main issue for Turner. While they could decide to see if he can stay healthy for 17 games, it might be just as easy to turn to the rookie from Notre Dame should he prove ready for a sizable role as a rookie.

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