2015 Depth Charts Update: New Orleans Saints

A breakdown of the New Orleans Saints' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

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A breakdown of the New Orleans Saints' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

2015 Depth Charts Update: New Orleans Saints


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Notes

  • While none of the three are up there when it comes to high quality or elite players, the Saints’ top three running backs are all impressive enough to be considered good starters. That’s going to make the competition for snaps all the more interesting, with Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller and Khiry Robinson all capable of being a big part of the Saints’ offense.
  • What’s concerning for Drew Brees, however, is what’s happened to the pass catchers this offseason. Jimmy Graham, who may not be a complete tight end but is up there with the best in the league as a receiver, was traded to the Seattle Seahawks, and wide receiver Kenny Stills was jettisoned to Miami. They were the only two tight ends or wide receivers to finish 2014 with a positive grade as a receiver. Hopes will be high that Brandin Cooks can improve on his rookie season, and it’s important that he does.
  • The Saints’ defensive backfield has two players who are at least above average, in cornerback Keenan Lewis and safety Jairus Byrd. The problem is that outside of that there are concerns. Kenny Vaccaro hasn’t developed as many hoped he would, while new addition at cornerback Brandon Browner comes with the physicality many teams like, but that also leads to a high number of penalties.
  • How they line up at linebacker, provided they stay in a predominantly 4-3 defense, will be interesting. Dannell Ellerbe struggled in Miami, but the other options at middle linebacker are complete unknowns. On the outside, first-round draft pick Stephone Anthony figures to have a big role from Day 1, and fellow rookie Hau’oli Kikaha will push for playing time, too, either competing with Parys Haralson for snaps, or seeing plenty in sub-packages as a pass rusher.

 

  • BoneSawMcgraw

    Solid article but i would like to know how Brandon Browner went from good in a earlier chart this year while he was with the Pats to average months later with the Saints. Also i wish Pff would comment on Vaccaros injuries a little bit as he was playing with two torn quads and a slightly torn hamstring. I believe the injuries are to blame for his poor play not just him.

    • Chris

      Well PFF does take injuries into account.

      • Chris

        I mean doesn’t take injuries into account,

    • Gordon McGuinness

      Simply put, we felt like we got it wrong the first time and were generous too him. Too many penalties to be higher than average at this point.

  • KWS13

    I was under the impression they were predominantly 3-4, do they often use hybrid schemes or more like SEA with a LEO end? In the end it really doesn’t matter because of all the variance teams have introduced, but would be good to know how they plan to utilize Kikaha, how versatile Galette can be and what Spencer’s role will be with Haralson seeming to be the odd man out

    • Dalen Erickson

      Your right. They are 100% 3-4 so I dont know what happened here. Its Rob Ryans defense, the most complex 3-4 in football. Must have been a mistake

      • KWS13

        The defensive prototypes article for 6 and 7 techs talks about this, how NO played a 3 man line just 20% of the time and Galette took 481 of his 812 snaps as an end on a 4 man front. Seems like it is at least similar to the 4-3 front SEA uses with a 5 tech end (Bennett/Jordan) nose (Mebane/Bunkley) and 3 tech tackle (McDaniel/Hicks) with a tweener type pass rushing “LEO” end (Avril/Galette). I don’t see a whole lot of NO games up in the NW but I know when Pete Carrol was first hired he described his 4-3 LEO front as “a 4-3 front with 3-4 personnel”

        • Dalen Erickson

          Thanks for doing the research for us. That is quite illuminating. Glad we could get to the bottom of it

        • Dalen Erickson

          Same for me. I only get to see a few NO games a year. My experience with Rob Ryan comes primarily from his time in Dallas. I shouldn’t have assumed he would do the same thing. When he was with us, we always used 3-4 as our base defense

  • Dalen Erickson

    I think the high rating on Robinson is a little premature. We really haven’t seen him play enough yet

  • Dalen Erickson

    Why are they showing a 4-3 defense here? They ABSOLUTELY are a 3-4 defense under Rob Ryan. Mustve been a mistake

  • Dalen Erickson

    Did Rob Ryan get fired? He has never used a 4-3

  • TheKlot

    Why are Brees and Brady listed as elite and not P. Manning, Luck, Wilson… Doesn’t add up.