The New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens kickoff their preseason schedule on Saturday. While it’s not clear how many of Baltimore’s starters will actually play, the Saints plan to use a significant number of snaps to help sort out their starting quarterback competition, giving this week’s exhibition game a meaty storyline to follow. Here’s who else we expect to see on the field.
The Saints will play both Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill, as the starting quarterback battle continues. But it’s likely not going to be decided this week, and head coach Sean Payton cautioned not to read too much into which player gets the start on Saturday. After that, Trevor Siemian and Ian Book will take over.
Lamar Jackson returned from a stint on the COVID list, but, so far, the Ravens have not said if he’ll play this week. It’s unlikely he will since the Ravens are dealing with some injuries to their starting offensive linemen. Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley will work behind Jackson.
Alvin Kamara might play a few snaps, but the Saints could quickly turn it over to Latavius Murray and the newly acquired Devonta Freeman, who’s now in the third RB spot.
Gus Edwards returned to practice this week with the Ravens this week, after a bout with COVID. J.K. Dobbins is expected to have a slight edge in touches over Edwards out of Baltimore’s backfield.
Marquise Brown, Rashod Bateman, Miles Boykin and Deon Cain were all out of action for the Ravens on Thursday, putting their status in doubt for this weekend’s game. Sammy Watkins might see the most snaps of all the starters if that’s the case.
Michael Thomas is out for awhile. The Saints’ No. 2 receiver, Tre’Quan Smith, missed practice on Thursday, which makes it less likely he’ll see much action. That means lots of playing time for Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harris, Juwan Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey.
Mark Andrews has become one of the most productive tight ends in the NFL, so the Ravens don’t exactly need to see him prove anything. If he plays, it won’t be more than a handful of snaps. No. 2 tight end Josh Oliver should get plenty of snaps to build on his strong camp so far.
The Saints let Jared Cook walk in the offseason, so the one to watch here will be second-year pro Adam Trautman. A third-round pick last year, he didn’t have too much to do in the offense. But he’s the next man up in New Orleans.