Saints roster breakdown: Tight end/fullback

July, 22, 2014
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A position-by-position look at the New Orleans Saints' 90-man roster heading into the start of training camp. Players report on Thursday and will hold their first practice Friday at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

Current depth charts:

Tight end: Jimmy Graham, Benjamin Watson, Josh Hill, Je'Ron Hamm, Nic Jacobs

Fullback: Erik Lorig, Austin Johnson

Gone from last year: FB Jed Collins

Key roster battle: First of all, I often lump these two positions together when breaking down the roster because they have been interchangeable at times in the past (with backup tight ends also moonlighting as backup fullbacks).

Secondly, I think this is the group that is most likely to produce a dark horse on the final 53-man roster. The Saints have often kept either four tight ends or two fullbacks, so they could easily make room if second-year pro Johnson or undrafted rookies Hamm or Jacobs impresses this summer.

The young backups have all shown some potential so far. Hamm probably stood out most during organized team activities and minicamp because of his athleticism and pass-catching skills. But the other guys will likely show their value more in padded practices and on special teams.

Mike Triplett

ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter

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