5 Saints players who hurt their cause in preseason opener


By Jeff Duncan | NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune


Five players who hurt their cause in the New Orleans Saints’ 24-20 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night at TIAA Bank Field.

Al-Quadin Muhammad


The second-year edge rusher earned the start at right defensive end but didn’t get much done in 26 snaps. In fact, he failed to record a tackle or quarterback hit. Muhammad is trying to show he’s more than just a one-trick pony but struggled to make an impact on running plays. In fact, he was sealed easily by tight end Ben Koyack on a key third-down conversion to his side on the opening drive. Muhammad has had a quiet camp and will need to pick it up to earn a roster spot. The depth along the defensive line is much improved this season and Muhammad might need to beat out veteran George Johnson for a final roster spot, and right now he appears to be losing that competition.

De'Vante Harris

The third-year cornerback from Texas A&M was whistled for a pair of critical penalties in pass coverage on the Jaguars’ final drive, single-handedly keeping the Jaguars’ comeback hopes alive. Saints coach Sean Payton clearly wasn’t happy with either foul. Harris is battling for a roster spot in a deep cornerback pool and can’t afford those kinds of mistakes if he wants to make the roster. ...

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