The New Orleans Saints pre-training camp two-deep depth chart

hispandrix
Dec 6, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws the ball against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Panthers won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 6, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws the ball against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Panthers won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
6 of 9
Next
Oct 4, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden (20) is tackled by New Orleans Saints defenders Stephone Anthony (50), John Jenkins (92) and Kevin Williams (93) in the first half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden (20) is tackled by New Orleans Saints defenders Stephone Anthony (50), John Jenkins (92) and Kevin Williams (93) in the first half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /

Defensive Tackle

Nick Fairley, Sheldon Rankins

John Jenkins, Tyeler Davison

Contrary to popular belief, Sheldon Rankins shouldn’t start alongside free agency addition Nick Fairley. Both are 3-technique defensive tackles, and pairing them together wouldn’t exactly make sense at this point. Fourth-year defender John Jenkins gets the nod as the first-string pairing, but I believe Tyeler Davison is nipping at his heels to take over. No matter how you slice it, the Saints defense has to put the best guys on their interior to improve last year’s atrocious run defense that finished 31st in the league with 129.8 yards given up on the ground per game.

Defensive End

Cameron Jordan, Davis Tull

Kasim Edebali, Obum Gwacham

The pass-rushing attack is fueled primarily by Cameron Jordan, who had nearly a third of the Saints’ 32.0 team sacks. Jordan had success from both the edge and interior when it came to getting after the quarterback last year. He looks to be fully recovered from offseason back surgery, as he was a full participant in team drills during OTAs.

Losing Hau’oli Kikaha will sting for the Saints, but they have a trio of players that can step up on the edge. Kasim Edebali was second on the team with 5.0 sacks last season, and is drawing some scary comparisons to Junior Galette (the good kind).

Don’t sleep on Davis Tull or Obum Gwacham, who can easily build upon learnings from the first season. Tull is converting from a strong side linebacker to the edge, and looks to be fully recovered from a lingering shoulder injury. Gwacham had some first-team reps recently, and proved last season that he could pair well in just 98 total snaps.

Next: Linebackers

facebooktwitterreddit