On the rise
RB Khiry Robinson
Robinson, sometimes regarded as the No. 3 option in a deep Saints backfield, has spent training camp proving he can be much more. Robinson’s a ferocious runner and capable receiver out of the backfield.
LB Hau’oli Kikaha
After an uneven performance in the preseason opener against Baltimore, Kikaha bounced back in a big way, powerfully setting the edge in the run and giving well-regarded Patriots tackle Nate Solder fits throughout the week.
CB Kyle Wilson
Wilson opened training camp as something of an afterthought at a crowded cornerback position, but he’s come on strong, breaking up two passes against the Patriots and backing it up with physical play in practice.
WR Nick Toon
Even before Toon suffered a high ankle sprain against New England, the fourth-year receiver had fallen out of first-team reps, working exclusively with the second team in joint practices with the Patriots.
CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste
Jean-Baptiste has looked much better in his second season, but he struggled against the Patriots, particularly in the final joint practice and the game. Jean-Baptiste still has to learn how to finish plays downfield.
S Jairus Byrd
Byrd’s absence from training camp isn’t at a critical level yet — there are still two preseason games to go — but he’s the only key Saint who hasn’t taken part in any training camp practices yet. New Orleans expects the former Pro Bowl safety back by the end of the preseason, which could turn things around quickly.