"We're not going to make a bad decision. We just want to make the best one for our team." - Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said Thursday night about intriguing position battles entering Friday's NFL roster cut to 53 players.
"You're not going to cut him. You have to keep him." - Football analyst Solomon Wilcots said Thursday of undrafted rookie free agent Travaris Cadet.
No, the Saints really can't go wrong if they keep Chris Ivory or Travaris Cadet, despite the running backs bringing different skills to the offense. While Ivory spent more time on the sideline Thursday than Cadet, the undrafted rookie free agent, Ivory likely entered this preseason finale ahead of Cadet on the depth chart.
Not that Cadet didn't try to change that against Tennessee. He rushed 15 times for 57 yards, including a 17-yard dash. He also caught eight passes for 44 yards - both were team highs.
Problem is, Ivory built up a lot of brownie points with his performance late last season, including the Saints' playoff win against Detroit. Ivory rushed six times against Tennessee for 24 yards. He also caught one pass for nine yards.
Will it be enough?
During a fourth-quarter television interview, Loomis may have given us a clue - at least what he would prefer to do. He joked that maybe Cadet can find a spot on the Saints practice squad. Although his joke tells us what we already knew; it's probaly not realistic for the Saints to think they will have an opportunity to hide Cadet on their practice squad without another NFL team picking him up first.
Meanwhile, rookie receiver Nick Toon, playing in his first preseason game, caught two passes for six yards. Yet his biggest impact came on the touchdown pass he dropped in the end zone. One of his main competitors for the fourth receiver spot, Joe Morgan, finished with four catches for 43 yards.
Will Toon, the fourth-round draft pick who has missed most of training camp because of a foot injury, make the cut?