METARIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints just put out their first unofficial depth chart. It included a few surprises, highlighted by the fact the Saints aren’t trying to hide anything.
They have veteran Olin Kreutz ahead of Matt Tennant at center. That’s a bit refreshing because that’s the way the Saints intend to go. But, the flip side is they have rookie Mark Ingram as the No. 3 running back behind Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles. I will be shocked if Ingram is not the starter, or at least the feature back, by opening day.
Nothing shocking on the defense, although I’m not sure veterans Scott Shanle and Danny Clark will hold off challenges at outside linebacker. And I also think rookie defensive end Cameron Jordan on the third team is something that won’t happen. Also, nice job by the Saints p.r. department for not listing Tracy Porter as a starting cornerback. He probably will end up in that role, but he’s recovering from an injury and Patrick Robinson is getting his reps these days.
I'll be out at practice at Tuesday, but in the meantime, let’s take a run through the depth chart the Saints sent out and we’ll only go two deep.
C Olin Kreutz, Matt Tennant
RB Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles
SLB Danny Clark, Jo-Lonn Dunbar
WLB Scott Shanle, Will Herring
RCB Patrick Robinson, Mark Parson