Another guy that has come out of nowhere and really distinguished himself ahead of the pack is Marquis Johnson. In fact, he may be the starter ahead of Corey White on Sunday based on his success in camp thus far. Johnson was a 7th round draft pick for the Rams in 2009 out of Alabama, so he's played two years with Spagnuolo in his system already - and he was handpicked as a draft selection by the coach in his inaugural season as a head man. Johnson has really turned heads so far in camp by intercepting Drew Brees a couple of times while playing with the starting unit, and breaking up a number of pass (like pictured above).
One guy who hasn't taken advantage of the starters being out is backup Cord Parks, who was released yesterday. The Saints signed DT Alex Daniels to replace Parks on the roster - a slight surprise considering the Saints are somewhat thin at corner with Robinson and Greer both nursing injuries. The fact that the Saints released Parks regardless suggests Parks wasn't playing well, and that they feel pretty good about the guys ahead of him dominating the competition. Daniels has been in the NFL 2 years on practice squads with the Cowboys and Giants, and part of the reason he was brought in was to replace injured promising young DT Swanson Miller who is currently in a boot.
The other corners that will see a lot of reps against the Cardinals Sunday are Elbert Mack, A.J. Davis, Kamaal McIlvain and Laron Scott. The Saints have kept anywhere from four to seven cornerbacks on opening day as part of their 53 man roster - and they have a lot of safeties they like this year so my guess is it will be on the lower end of that range. Greer, Robinson and Patrick are locks, I'd say, with really Johnson, White and Mack battling for 2 spots. Right now Johnson and White seem to have the edge with Mack on the bubble, so Mack is the guy that will really need to come up with something special soon to survive.
Who Dat!! I just wanted to drop in to say thanks for the info. I've been too busy to keep up with camp and you're my primary source of SAINTS info. I've given up on TP. Thanks, dude! You rock! I'll be more active in the near future.
Had to get here through my email notice today...
Sure seem to be acquiring a lot of players named Marquis/Marques which ever spelling, on the roster. Not to upset about the CB injuries right now. We need to evaluate the rest for depth. Good to see some seem to be stepping up to the plate. Patrick should be a lock also. Didn't he Int. Drew, or was it Daniel? Matter of fact, I guess I need to go correct my lagniappe post at CSC. I put that picture above as JPat making an Int.
@cajuncommando58 Love the comments dude, you rock. Patrick & Marquis tearing it up again today. So apparently the Bloguin address won't work anymore. Thesaintsnation.com is where you should go
@cajuncommando58 I'll save a link, and probably have to change my Internet options. It's all good. I'll work it out. Had people on vacation lately and having to put in the O.T. I'll be around.