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

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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 /
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Nov 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux (40) and cornerback Keenan Lewis (21) celebrate after a defensive stop against the New York Giants during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux (40) and cornerback Keenan Lewis (21) celebrate after a defensive stop against the New York Giants during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

Cornerbacks

Delvin Breaux, Damian Swann

Keenan Lewis, P.J. Williams

Delvin Breaux is easily the top corner for the New Orleans Saints heading into 2016. Last year, Breaux had 45 combined tackles, three interceptions, and 22 passes defended (sixth in the NFL). He also boasted the ninth-highest Pro Football Focus grade (+11.8) for all cornerbacks, allowing just 48.8 percent of the passes thrown his way to be caught.

Keenan Lewis is one of the Saints to really keep an eye on during training camp. Lewis’ boisterous demeanor heading into this season is something you might not expect from a player that just had three separate surgeries in 2015. He’s hungry, and a post from personal Instagram account set the tone. “Ready to show the world even after three surgeries and turning 30 I can still be mention with the best.”

Last year’s rookie P.J. Williams is someone who could challenge Lewis for the No. 2 starting job, but will have to prove that he’s ready to fill in. In May, Sean Payton said that Williams was ‘a lot farther along’ than expected, and the former third-round pick is ready to go this yearDamian Swann looks to put a concussion-filled rookie season behind and be a strong presence filling in on special teams and nickel situations when called upon.

Safety

Strong: Kenny Vaccaro, Roman Harper

Free: Jairus Byrd, Vonn Bell

After a disappointing 2014, Kenny Vaccaro rebounded in a big way for the New Orleans Saints. He was the defense’s iron man last season, appearing in 99.7 percent of all snaps. With the team looking at more three-safety sets this season, expect Vaccaro to become even more comfortable in his role for Dennis Allen.

What can you realistically expect out of Jairus Byrd? That might be the biggest question for the Saints defense, as Byrd hasn’t lived up to his $54 million contract from 2014. While I don’t believe it’s all his fault, the Saints must get the good Jairus Byrd. He sat out the offseason program with knee soreness, but is expected to be ready for training camp.

Roman Harper knows what winning is all about, especially after spending the past two seasons with the Carolina Panthers. His return to New Orleans was a smart choice for a team that has desperately lacked a veteran leader on defense. He’s already made his presence felt through leadership and promised smack talk. There’s something left in the tank for the 33-year-old.

It made sense for the Saints to nab Vonn Bell, who looks to compete for playing time in 2016. We think Bell can help Dennis Allen’s defense turn back the clock, so to speak. If Jairus Byrd were to miss any time, then you’re looking at an adequate replacement with Bell.

Next: Special Teams

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