New Orleans Saints: 3 position battles to keep an eye on

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The New Orleans Saints, like every team, have positional battles to be won prior to the start of the regular season. Here are the most crucial three.

Like in year’s past, the New Orleans Saints opened the preseason with a loss. That loss wasn’t too telling, but it did showcase some weaknesses for New Orleans. Without a pressing hole to fill, the Saints still need to edge out a few of these positional battles prior to filling their 53-man roster.

Playing at home for the first time since that controversial conference championship game, the Saints took on the Minnesota Vikings. Without Michael Thomas, Drew Brees and many notable defenders, the Saints certainly used this game to gauge the strength of their second and third units.

Many positions throughout the team’s depth chart have to be filled. That said, there’s still both concern for players to make the roster, and for those that do make the roster, where their snaps will come from.

We know just a handful of positions that are guaranteed, mainly those coming from the first unit.

The Saints offensive line and primary offensive weapons have already been decided. With Thomas, Brees, Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook as the weapons, gunning to behind them will be the peak for most offensive players.

As for the defense, the team’s line is set as well, or at least as far as the starting unit is concerned. The players in coverage still have room to improve after a lacking effort against Minnesota.

With that, let’s dive into three battles to keep an eye on throughout the remainder of the preseason.