The Saints have released their first depth chart of the 2014 season. Not too much can be taken from this release, given that veterans are usually given automatic preference over rookies. And as the team takes care not to aggravate even the smallest injuries this early in the preseason, several players have yet to even show us what they really have to offer this year.
This is definitely not a projected depth chart for the regular season, so fans can expect plenty to change over the next few weeks. But for now, let's take a look at the official team's unofficial stance on the guys we'll be watching compete for roster slots:
|WR||Marques Colston||Nick Toon||Brandin Cooks||
|LT||Terron Armstead||Bryce Harris||Tavon Rooks|
|LG||Ben Grubbs||Senio Kelemete||Jason Weaver|
|C||Jonathan Goodwin*||Tim Lelito *
|RG||Jahri Evans||Marcel Jones||Manase Foketi|
|RT||Zach Strief||Thomas Welch||Ty Nsekhe|
|TE||Jimmy Graham||Benjamin Watson||Josh Hill||
|QB||Drew Brees||Luke McCown||Ryan Griffin||
|FB||Erik Lorig||Austin Johnson|
|RB||Mark Ingram||Khiry Robinson||Pierre Thomas||
|WR||Robert Meachem||Kenny Stills||Andy Tanner||
* Goodwin and Lelito are both competing for center. The Saints have not released anything claiming one is over the other at the moment, but experience gets preference in these initial depth charts.
|K||Shayne Graham||Derek Dimke|
|PR||Travaris Cadet||Brandin Cooks||Charles Hawkins|
|KR||Travaris Cadet||Brandin Cooks||Charles Hawkins|
|KO||Thomas Morstead||Shayne Graham||Derek Dimke|
There is still a month of training and preseason games remaining, before we get to see the first depth chart of the official 53-man roster. But that doesn't mean we can't take a look at where things sit currently, and make all sorts of conclusions from the comfort of our keyboards.