Right now Vitt explained that Lofton was working at middle, Hawthorne at weakside, and Scott Shanle at strongside. He also said that if Vilma was “healthy”, Lofton would be at strongside with Vilma presumably at the middle.
The one name that wasn’t mentioned was linebacker Will Herring who could possibly be on the line to get cut. Herring was used at weakside linebacker and special teams last year but was often injured.
With the addition of weakside linebacker Chamberlain and the re-signing of Casillas, also a weakside linebacker, Herring’s future with the Saints is getting dim.
It remains to be seen what will happen with second-year linebacker Martez Wilson who came into his own towards the end of the season. Wilson might see a move possibly to defensive end in defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s system.