Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | ASC Illustrations
It’s Saints gameday and we’re coming at you early! The Saints announced their list of inactives this morning for their first action against the Bucs. Headlining the list for the Saints are projected starters WR Cameron Meredith and Guard Andrus Peat.
I don’t get concerned when I see this, however. This shows exactly why New Orleans decided to keep 6 receivers on the initial 53. Austin Carr looked great working in the slot when he got reps during the preseason, very Lance Moore-type assignments. Cameron Meredith being inactive today isn’t indicative of a setback or regression in his ACL recovery, it’s indicative instead of New Orleans knowing they can afford to allot him some extra time.
Same can be said about Guard Andrus Peat who suffered either a quad or a groin injury in the final preseason competition against the Rams. His being inactive has to do with the fact that the Saints resigned Josh LeRibeus and feel comfortable letting him get the start at Guard while Peat gets more rest. Less so is it about his injury worsening or lack of recovery. We knew he’d be day-to-day and this is the sensible thing to do.
I like the Saints are being cautious early with two players that will play large roles throughout the season. Meredith is the perfect candidate for the slot in New Orleans and Peat is a part of what can be a top-3 offensive line this year and is a major contributor in the run game with his athleticism. The Saints won’t have as great a need for these guys in the first two weeks of the season. Traveling to Atlanta to take on the Falcons could be a different story. I’d rather see them for just a half against the Browns than to miss them in Atlanta.
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