By John Sigler
The New Orleans Saints released an initial depth chart Monday with some curious listings. This depth chart should only be trusted as far as you can throw it (feel free to print it off and make a paper airplane) – look no further than the depth chart released this time last year.
Anyway, there’s a few things we can maybe glean from this. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are, unsurprisingly, listed as co-starters at running back. The same was true last season with Ingram and Adrian Peterson before New Orleans realized what they had in the Ingram-Kamara tandem.
We see that co-starter distinction used again at defensive tackle for Sheldon Rankins and David Onyemata, who are considered a pair of young, rising talents among the NFL’s interior pass rushers. While Rankins has the stronger draft pedigree (he was selected in the 2016 draft’s first round, while the Saints traded up in the fourth round that year to get Onyemata) he should absolutely be competing with Onyemata for starting reps.
Things get interesting at linebacker, where free agent signee and training camp beast Demario Davis is slated in at weakside. Manti Te’o is listed as the middle spot, which is where he played well last season after A.J. Klein was lost to injury. Davis has proven to be a skilled defender in pass coverage, excelling at making plays in space. Klein is moved closer to the line of scrimmage at strongside linebacker, ahead of Hau’oli Kikaha (who has moved back to linebacker after trying out at defensive end last...