The Saints have done more rotating at that position than any other during the first two practices that were open to the media. Even in that small sample size, Brees has completed at least one pass in team drills to Nick Toon, Seantavius Jones, Brandon Coleman, Josh Morgan and Joe Morgan, among others.
Toon appears to be slightly ahead of the others in the hierarchy for now because he seems to line up first with the starting unit during most drills. But there has been no discernible order yet between the others, depending on the drill.
I’ve written a lot about how second-year pros Jones and Coleman have continued to enhance their growing reputations by making some of the best catches so far. In Week 1, Jones seemed to be working ahead of Coleman. In Week 2, it seemed to be the opposite.
I have a feeling we will be talking about the battle for those third, fourth and fifth receiver jobs well into the preseason.
Special teams will also be key for receivers hoping to crack the roster. Jalen Saunders will try to cement the role he took over last season as New Orleans’ top kickoff returner, and he has also been part of a group of five players returning punts. But he’ll have to fend off seventh-round draft pick Marcus Murphy, a running back who was chosen specifically because of his return skills.
Josh Morgan has also been part of that punt-return group, along with Cooks, C.J. Spiller, Murphy and Saunders.
Below is a rough estimate of the Saints’ offensive and special teams depth charts, based on what we’ve seen so far in practice. We also took a look at the defensive depth chart.
P -- Thomas Morstead
LS -- Justin Drescher
H -- McCown
PR -- Cooks, Spiller
KR -- Saunders, Murphy