Two key free-agent acquisitions, running back Latavius Murray and punt return specialist Marcus Sherels, have missed part of this preseason but appear ready to play for the Saints. Sherels, sixth in punt return average last season and second in 2016, has yet to play this preseason due to an undisclosed injury.
Complicating matters - in a good way - has been the performance of undrafted rookie Deonte Harris, whose 14 career kick and punt return TDs for Division II Assumption College set an NCAA record. His first touchdown in a Saints uniform came on a 78-yard punt return against the Jets. Harris has averaged 14.7 yards on 10 punt returns and 25.1 yards on eight kickoff returns.