The Saints retained 19 of their 22 starters from 2019.
When you look at the offense, all the starters that did not return are arguably upgraded. For example, the only two starters not returning are guard, Larry Warford, and wide receiver, Ted Ginn, Jr. They replaced them with rookie Cesar Ruiz and Emmanuel Sanders.
Besides those two, they retained everyone that made them a top offense last year. Alvin Kamara, Jared Cook, Andrus Peat, Terron Armstead, Ryan Ramcczyk, Erik McCoy, Drew Brees — all key players that will once again be able to bolster a top offense.
On the defensive side, the same thing applies except for one position. The only player they lost where they didn’t sign an upgrade was the safety position. While Malcolm Jenkins understands the defense and has been proven, he is no Vonn Bell going into his prime.
However, the retained Marshon Lattimore, Cameron Jordan, Alex Anzalone, Demario Davis, Marcus Davenport, and others. They also restructured the contract of Janoris Jenkins to keep him as their No. 2 cornerback. They should pride themselves in another top defense this year.
This first release of the depth chart for the Saints gives us a little insight into where the minds of the coaches are at — especially without a preseason. Going into Week 1, we should expect the Saints to continue the path they were on in 2019.