In the New Orleans Saints first practice, they began the process of plugging their players in at linebacker to get a good look at the upcoming battles at the position.
The players that ran with the first team defense was no surprise as Curtis Lofton was at middle linebacker, David Hawthorne at weakside linebacker, and Scott Shanle at strongside linebacker.
It was interesting because the Saints have been wanting to play Scott Shanle at strongside for the past several seasons with Jonathan Casillas at weakside linebacker. However injuries to Casillas forced Shanle to stay at weakside.
Will Herring was brought in to help shore up the weakside position last season but injuries with his hamstring kept him out of the rotation forcing Shanle once again to man the spot.
Actually, Herring was plugged into a new role with the second team defense. He started at strongside linebacker, with Chris Chamberlain at weakside linebacker, and Kadarron Anderson at middle linebacker.