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New Orleans Saints first unofficial depth chart is just that

Make of it what you will, but an unofficial Saints depth chart is exactly what it says it is when you have players listed as starters that are hurt.

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When preseason depth charts drop across the NFL, the amount of overreaction is quite a spectacle. Placing stock in what is said to be an ‘unofficial’ depth chart seems futile, but it’s out there for discussion. The New Orleans Saints released theirs the other day, which surely brings all the eyeballs front and center.

What ultimately sticks out on the offensive side of the ball is that Terron Armstead and Max Unger are listed as the starters on the offensive line, which again is why I say placing stock into it isn’t necessarily worth much. Ted Ginn Jr. is listed ahead of Willie Snead as the team’s second wide receiver, but we already know that the Saints tend to roll with three wideouts. Then there’s the whole co-starter at running back thing with Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram, but again - we’ll know more as it gets closer to the regular season.

On the defense is where it gets fun, mainly because Tyeler Davison is listed as the starting defensive tackle alongside Sheldon Rankins, but David Onyemata has been seen taking a ton of reps with the first team. The linebacker group lists Craig Robertson as the starting weak side linebacker, with Manti Te’o in the middle and A.J. Klein at strong side.

In the secondary, Ken Crawley and P.J. Willliams are listed as the starting cornerbacks, with Delvin Breaux taking a back seat. Rookie Marshon Lattimore is buried on the third string, which obviously doesn’t seem likely to be the case for Week 1.

On special teams, Ginn Jr. is listead as the primary punt and kick returner over Alvin Kamara. Again, it’s premature to draw any conclusions based on an unofficial depth chart. However, it will be something to watch when the Saints take on the Browns for each team’s inaugural preseason game.


How much stock do you place in a preseason depth chart?

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  • 49%
    Absolutely none
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  • 37%
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  • 2%
    A lot
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    How is Armstead listed as a starter right now?
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