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New Orleans Saints CB Johnny Patrick leading the pack for nickel spot

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When the offseason and free agency began for the New Orleans Saints, it was unclear what would happen regarding the spot at the nickle cornerback positon.  That question is still trying to be answered, but not without some challengers.

The hero of Super Bowl XLIV Tracy Porter departed for the Denver Broncos after a brief stall in free agency and a thought was that the Saints might look there as well.

Yet after a few peeks at some free agent cornerbacks, the Saints remained silent in that area.  Second year cornerback Johnny Patrick seemed to be the heir the throne up until recently.

Former St. Louis Rams cornerback Marquis Johnson and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Elbert Mack were signed to add a bit of depth to the secondary and also some competition.

Realistically of those two, Mack may be the only true threat in regards to the position that Patrick is trying to lock down.  In fact Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has given Mack some praise recently by saying:

"He’s a fiesty corner.  Every time we turned the tape on he was making a play.  He’s flexible in that he plays the outside and he has played the nickel spot.  That’s an interest of ours."

While Mack has been having a few productive days, he was burned on a route by practice squad player Joe Morgan today during mini-camp.  On the other hand, Patrick also did something noticeable on a positive note.