Here are ten Saints the Philadelphia Eagles had better keep tabs on in Week 17.
No one wants to see injuries occur on either side of the ball. Everyone wants to win. Everyone wants to beat the other team at full strength. Still, it’s inevitable. In a contact sport, injuries will occur.
We have discussed the health of the Eagles ad nauseam, but New Orleans has a few concerns of its own. Alvin Kamara didn’t participate in Wednesday or Thursday’s practice session, but he was a full participant on Friday. It looks like he might play. Guard Andrus Peat and running back Dwayne Washington didn’t participate all week. They’re out.
Ryan Ramczyk didn’t participate during Wednesday’s session but was limited on Thursday and a full participant on Friday. Rookie wide receiver Chris Olave was limited all week. Ramczyk’s status was unspecified. Olave is questionable.
Here are a few other guys that we have our eyes on.
1. Andy Dalton, quarterback
Believe it or not, Andy Dalton hasn’t ever taken the field to face the Eagles and come out on the losing end of the scoreboard. Now is as good a time as any to hand him his first loss.
2. Taysom Hill, ???
Everyone that watches football knows who Taysom Hill is. He’s listed on the Saints roster as a tight end. He’s one of the NFL’s best gadget players. Keep an eye on him whenever he’s in the lineup.
3. Marquez Callaway, wide receiver
Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry, and Deonte Harty are on the Saints’ injured reserve. If Chris Olave can’t go, Marquez Callaway catapults himself to the top spot on the depth chart. He has some deep-threat ability, but Darius Slay and James Bradberry should be able to keep him in check.
4. James Hurst, left tackle
James Hurst is the Saints left tackle and the man charged with protecting Dalton’s blind side. He’s good, but something tells us that Brandon Graham will rack up his tenth sack of the season in this one.
5. David Johnson, running back
If Kamara is indeed out and Washington can’t go, David Johnson becomes the top man on the Saints’ depth chart at tailback. Let’s check out a few guys on the offensive side of the ball.