NFL Preseason Preview: Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints

Two years after signing with New Orleans as an undrafted free agent, Ashaad Mabry is looking to finally make his way onto the Saints active roster in 2017.

The Saints reaffirmed their commitment to Mabry in January, signing him to a futures deal and keeping him in New Orleans for a third year, after two successful campaigns spent on the practice squad.

ASHAAD MABRY

  • Team: New Orleans Saints
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • Experience: 2 years on practice squad

 

The Saints defensive line took a huge hit over the offseason when starting tackle Nick Fairley was diagnosed with a heart condition that will keep him out this season, and potentially end his career.

Meanwhile, New Orleans looked to free agency for some added depth, signing 11-year veteran Tony McDaniel, a former starter in Seattle.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS DEFENSIVE TACKLE DEPTH

  • Sheldon Rankins, 1 year experience
  • Tyeler Davison, 2 years experience
  • David Onyemata, 1 year experience
  • Tony McDaniel, 11 years experience
  • Ashaad Mabry, 2 years practice squad experience
  • Justin Zimmer, 1 year practice squad experience
  • Devaroe Lawrence, Rookie (Undrafted) (injured)

 

Sheldon Rankins should be a shoo-in as a starter in his second season after being drafted 12th overall a season ago. He missed the first half of his rookie year with a broken leg, but upon his return proved why he was worth a 1st-round draft pick.

Preliminary depth charts have Davison as the other starter, but reports out of training camp have Onyemata taking more of the first-team reps. The pair seem to be 2A and 2B in the pecking order for the time being.

With only four defensive tackles likely making the 53-man roster, that leaves one spot left that Mabry will be fighting for. It will take an inspired preseason performance for either Mabry or Zimmer to beat out the veteran McDaniel, so the practice squad will be his most likely landing spot once again.

Odds to make 53-man roster: 10%

Odds to make practice squad: 80%

 

Mabry and the Saints will be in action tonight against Cleveland, followed by a nationally televised game as they visit the new-look Los Angeles Chargers and their 27,000-seat MLS stadium.

 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS PRESEASON SCHEDULE

(all times Central)

Thursday, Aug. 10
New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns, 7 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Friday, Aug. 11, 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 20
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)

Saturday, Aug. 26
Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints, 7 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Sunday, Aug. 27, 4:00 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 31
Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints, 7 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Saturday, Sep. 2, 9:00 a.m.

 

NFL Preseason Preview: Week 1 viewing guide

It should be an exciting week for the six NFL hopefuls from UTSA. Here’s how you can watch all the games.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 9

Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers (Teddy Williams), 6:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
– NFL Network re-air: Thursday, Aug. 10, 1:00 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Thursday, Aug. 10, 9:00 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Thursday, Aug. 10, 3:00 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 10

Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) at Buffalo Bills, 6 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Friday, Aug. 11, 3:00 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 9:00 a.m.

Atlanta Falcons (Jordan Moore) at Miami Dolphins, 6 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Saturday, Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Monday, Aug. 14, 3:30 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 12:00 p.m.

New Orleans Saints (Ashaad Mabry) at Cleveland Browns, 7 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Friday, Aug. 11, 9:00 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Monday, Aug. 14, 12:00 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Thursday, Aug. 17, 3:00 a.m.

Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers (Brian Price), 7 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Friday, Aug. 11, 3:00 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Sunday, Aug. 13, 3:00 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Monday, Aug. 14, 3:00 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 11

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals (Jarveon Williams), 6:30 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Saturday, Aug. 12, 12:00 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Tuesday, Aug. 15, 12:00 p.m.

 

(all times Central)

 

Roadrunners in the NFL: Preseason Preview

The 2017 NFL season is less than a month away, and preseason has officially kicked off.

Over the next few days, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the six UTSA alumni who will be fighting for NFL roster spots for the upcoming season.

ROADRUNNERS IN THE NFL

 

With the NFL eliminating the 75-man roster cut this season, we should get all four preseason games to see UTSA’s NFL-hopefuls in action prior to the September 2nd cuts from 90 down to 53.

 

NFL PRESEASON SCHEDULE (all times Central)

WEEK 1: AUGUST 10-14

Wednesday, Aug. 9
Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers, 6:30 p.m. (NFL Network)

Thursday, Aug. 10
Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills, 6 p.m.
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins, 6 p.m.
New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers, 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 11
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals, 6:30 p.m.

WEEK 2: AUGUST 17-21

Friday, Aug. 18
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks, 9 p.m. (NFL Network)

Saturday, Aug. 19
Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans, 2 p.m. (NFL Network)
Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals, 6 p.m.
Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 20
Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers, 3 p.m. (NFL Network)
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)

WEEK 3: AUGUST 24-27

Thursday, Aug. 24
Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 26
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons, 6 p.m.
Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints, 7 p.m.
Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 27
Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins, 3:30 p.m. (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings, 7 p.m. (NBC)

WEEK 4: AUG. 31-SEPT. 1

Thursday, Aug. 31
Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons, 6 p.m.
Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers, 6 p.m.
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers, 6:30 p.m.
Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings, 7 p.m.
Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints, 7 p.m.

 

Roadrunners begin pre-season practice

The Roadrunners reported to camp on Friday and had their first practice on Sunday at Farris Stadium in preparation for their inaugural season.

San Antonio Express-News beat writer Dan McCarney brought us in-depth coverage throughout the practice, including the players that seemed to be the starters at the beginning of practice:

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UTSA Football welcomes 94 players to campus on Friday

UTSA players reported to camp today and the official camp roster was posted, as well as a video with interviews from Coker, Soza and Jason Neill.

At first glance, the only surprise is the omission of DE Caleb Hundley from the official roster.

Here’s the official release from goUTSA.com, including the acknowledgement of OSU transfer Ashaad Mabry.

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