Defensive end Cameron Jordan is expected to see significant playing time on the left side. Jordan, a rookie, was selected by the Saints three picks before Ingram.
It’s unclear whether the Saints truly believed that Jordan would be ready to start by week one when they drafted him, but veteran Alex Brown was released, which is a huge vote of confidence by the team in the former Cal standout.
Another newcomer to the Saints, Turk McBride, will likely open as the teams starter at left defensive end against the Packers. He has never been a full time starter in his career making only 22 starts out of a possible 51 .
Last season with the Detroit Lions McBride appeared in 15 games with eight starts. He recorded 33 tackles, five sacks, and three forced fumbles. His task of course will be to help slow down Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
He and Jordan should rotate often throughout the game.
Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers and Aubrayo Franklin wil be making their regular season debut as members of the New Orleans Saints.
Rogers, after a few up and down seasons in Cleveland, signed with the Saints prior to the lockout. He, and team brass, are both hoping he can return to Pro Bowl form now back in his more fitting 4-3 defensive scheme.
Franklin was another big acquisition (no pun intended) of the Saints in free agency. Formerly with the 49ers he has been known as one of the leagues best run defenders, an area the Saints hope he can still excel while helping them improve last seasons 16th ranked run defense.
All of these “new” players will be significant in determining the outcome of Thursdays’ game. Each and everyone was brought in specifically to help improve the Saints two weakest areas from a season ago — run defense and rush offense.
Now it’s time to see if they can get the job done.