By Josh Katzenstein
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The New Orleans Saints had a 24-20 comeback win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in their preseason opener Thursday night (Aug. 9), but player evaluation is more important than the final score in these exhibitions.
At times, it can be hard to tell who had a good or bad night because the competition fluctuates as backups and third-stringers enter the game, but there were still some obvious moments Thursday that could help project some lineup or roster decisions this season.
1. Can David Onyemata leapfrog Sheldon Rankins?
The New Orleans Saints listed Sheldon Rankins and David Onyemata as split starters on their unofficial depth chart ahead of Thursday’s (Aug. 9) game. The listing made sense based on how the two three-technique defensive tackles have split reps in training camp, but it’s still surprising that Onyemata, a fourth-round pick in 2016, could leapfrog Rankins, a first-round pick the same year.
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