New Orleans Saints Depth Chart 2018 Saints Depth Chart

13-3, 1st NFC South

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The Saints high flying offense starts with Drew Brees as the starting quarterback, and they backed him up with some depth of Teddy Bridgewater. They also used Taysom Hill in some packages, which was annoying from a fantasy aspect. Mark Ingram missed the first four weeks of the season due to suspension, which carved the way for Alvin Kamara to lead the team, but also to really grab a stronghold on the starting running back spot. Ingram flashed some potential in his return, but Kamara was leading in snaps and touches for the rest of the way. This is a good combo to have, and both were used in various roles throughout the year. You could say the one area the Saints lacked was their WR2 spot. They have Michael Thomas as the WR1, and signed Cameron Meredith, Dez Bryant, and Brandon Marshall to try and fill that role. They were not able to, and Tre’Quan Smith emerged as the WR2 because the others had trouble staying healthy. Ben Watson has been with the Saints for a while, and when he returned to New Orleans, he jumped right back into that starting role that has been his for a while now.

Offense Depth Chart

Quarterback QB
Running Back RB
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Tight End TE
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Tight End TE
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Quarterback QB
Running Back RB

Defense Depth Chart

Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Nose Tackle NT
Right Defensive End RDE
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
61
#134 OLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Nose Tackle NT
Right Defensive End RDE
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
61
#134 OLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Defense Depth Chart (4-3)
Position POS
Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Nose Tackle NT
Right Defensive End RDE
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB

Offense Depth Chart Stats

Running Backs Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Fumbles Targets Receptions Yards YPC Long TD Attempts Yards Long TD YPC YPG
Alvin Kamara A. Kamara
90
RB 1 43.7 0 RB 1 43.7 0 105 81 709 8.8 42 4 194 883 49 14 4.6 58.9
Mark Ingram M. Ingram
84
RB 2 29.2 1 RB 2 29.2 1 27 21 170 8.1 28 1 138 645 38 6 4.7 53.8
Zach Line Z. Line
72
RB 3 14.2 0 RB 3 14.2 0 10 5 14 2.8 5 2 9 41 9 0 4.6 2.6
Wide Receivers Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD Attempts Yards TD YPC YPG
Michael Thomas M. Thomas
89
LWR 1 58 147 125 1405 90 11.2 72 9 0 0 0 0 0
Ted Ginn T. Ginn
83
RWR 2 39.4 30 17 209 60 12.3 42 2 3 26 0 8.7 5.2
Tre'Quan Smith T. Smith
65
SWR 3 37.9 44 28 427 60 15.2 62 5 0 0 0 0 0
Keith Kirkwood K. Kirkwood
65
LWR 4 28.1 21 13 209 60 16.1 42 2 0 0 0 0 0
Tommylee Lewis T. Lewis
61
RWR 5 10.3 3 3 60 100 20 28 1 2 10 0 5 1.4
Austin Carr A. Carr
63
SWR 6 19.6 14 9 97 60 10.8 25 2 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Marshall B. Marshall
82
RWR 8 27.1 23 11 136 50 12.4 27 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ahmad Fulwood A. Fulwood
68
WR 9
Justin Hardee J. Hardee
64
SWR 12 0 1 1 10 100 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tight Ends Stats Receiving
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD
Benjamin Watson B. Watson
79
TE 1 31.5 46 35 400 80 11.4 32 2
Josh Hill J. Hill
82
TE 2 40.8 24 16 185 70 11.6 23 1
Dan Arnold D. Arnold
65
TE 5 13.9 19 12 150 60 12.5 25 1
OL
Player Rating
Terron Armstead T. Armstead
84
Larry Warford L. Warford
78
Andrus Peat A. Peat
76
Max Unger M. Unger
83
Ryan Ramczyk R. Ramczyk
85
Cameron Tom C. Tom
66
Derek Newton D. Newton
79
Jermon Bushrod J. Bushrod
71
Jeromy Irwin J. Irwin
69
Will Clapp W. Clapp
69
Michael Ola M. Ola
71
Cornelius Lucas C. Lucas
67
Daronte Bouldin D. Bouldin
69
Offensive Line Stats
Player Rating Depth Position Position Snaps/Game
Terron Armstead T. Armstead
84
LT 1 OT 60.2
Larry Warford L. Warford
78
RG 1 G 65.3
Andrus Peat A. Peat
76
LG 1 G 56.8
Max Unger M. Unger
83
C 1 C 63.2
Ryan Ramczyk R. Ramczyk
85
RT 1 OT 66.4
Cameron Tom C. Tom
66
C 2 C 16.6
Derek Newton D. Newton
79
RG 2 G 48
Jermon Bushrod J. Bushrod
71
LT 2 OT 33.8
Jeromy Irwin J. Irwin
69
RT 3 OT
Will Clapp W. Clapp
69
C 3 C 36
Michael Ola M. Ola
71
OL 11 OT 4.6
Cornelius Lucas C. Lucas
67
OL 12 OT 52
Daronte Bouldin D. Bouldin
69
OL 13 OL

Defense Depth Chart Stats

Team Defense Rating
New Orleans Saints Saints
94
Team Defense Rating Pts Allowed/Game Yards Allowed/Game Pass Yards Allowed/Game Rush Yards Allowed/Game Sacks Fumbles INT
New Orleans Saints
94
22.1 349.1 268.8 80.2 49 12 12
Special Teams Rating
New Orleans Saints Saints
86
Special Teams Rating Kick Return TDs Punt Return TDs Field Goal Blocked Punt Blocked Extra Point Blocked TDs
New Orleans Saints
86
0 0 0 0 0 0
Kickers Rating
Wil Lutz W. Lutz
81
Kickers Rating Depth Position Points Field Goals Made Field Goal % Made Long Extra Points Made 0-19 FG Attempted/Made 20-29 FG Attempted/Made 30-39 FG Attempted/Made 40-49 FG Attempted/Made 50+ Attempted/Made
Wil Lutz W. Lutz
81
K 1 136 28 93.3 54 52 1 5 9 11 2
Punters Rating Depth Position
Thomas Morstead T. Morstead
83
P 1

2018 Saints Lineups

Game Score Starting Lineup Game Score Starting Lineup
Week 17: 12/30/18 vs CAR 14-33 L Taysom Hill (QB), Teddy Bridgewater (QB), Mark Ingram (RB), Michael Thomas (WR1), Tommylee Lewis (WR2), Josh Hill (TE), Max Unger (C), Andrus Peat (G), Cameron Tom (C), Cornelius Lucas (OT), Will Clapp (C)
Week 16: 12/23/18 vs PIT 31-28 W Drew Brees (QB), Mark Ingram (RB), Tre'Quan Smith (WR1), Michael Thomas (WR2), Josh Hill (TE), Max Unger (C), Andrus Peat (G), Larry Warford (G), Terron Armstead (OT), Ryan Ramczyk (OT)
Week 14: 12/9/18 at TB 28-14 W Drew Brees (QB), Alvin Kamara (RB), Austin Carr (WR1), Michael Thomas (WR2), Tommylee Lewis (WR3), Josh Hill (TE), Jermon Bushrod (OT), Max Unger (C), Andrus Peat (G), Larry Warford (G), Ryan Ramczyk (OT)

Preseason Analysis: A Look at the 2018 New Orleans Saints

The Saints remain a similar team from last season, who had Alvin Kamara really emerge as an elite running back. Kamara and Mark Ingram are expected to share time, and while the ceilings should be kept in a reality check, this is a team that should be able to sustain two steady running backs again. We saw New Orleans move towards the running game a bit more this past season, and there is a few reasons for that. Drew Brees still is very good, but another year older, and outside of Michael Thomas this core of wide receivers and tight ends are not very good. New Orleans finally parted ways with Willie Snead after a failed contract. Ted Ginn has shown some flash every now and then, but is not an exciting WR2 by any means. Cameron Meredith is an interesting name to keep an eye on, especially if he can surpass Ginn in some steady targets. Coby Fleener was let go this offseason, and the Saints reunite with some familiar names at tight end like Ben Watson and Josh Hill. Neither are strong tight ends, but will be looked at in the red zone at times. This depth chart shows the Saints change of culture after being an air it out team in prior years.

The 2018 NFL season is just around the corner and with a new year comes a new outlook on all 32 teams in the league. The New Orleans Saints are no exception to this rule and will be entering this upcoming season with plenty to be optimistic about as they look to improve on last year's record. In 2017, the New Orleans Saints won their division with an 11-5 record and their first trip to the playoffs since 2013. The Saints started in the Wild Card round, defeating their divisional rival Carolina Panthers but had their playoff run cut short when they traveled to Minnesota in the divisional round and were beaten by the Vikings on a last minute touchdown pass. The offensive scheme for the Saints this year looks to be similar to last year's, with Drew Brees back yet again as the signal caller. The passing game looks to be the same from last year, as passing has been one strength of the team, being second in the league. However, the running game will also be a big factor this year, as not only will Mark Ingram be back but he'll be complemented with second-year Alvin Kamara, who had a stellar season and even earned the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

Defensively, the Saints have made it clear they want to improve in this year, after being only 17th in the league in total defense. Last year the team drafted cornerback Marshon Lattimore out of Ohio State who not only had a huge impact in coverage but he ended up winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award and getting his first trip to the Pro Bowl. If any player on that side of the ball stands out, it's clearly him. Special teams is not an area of serious concern, with kicker Will Lutz steadily holding the job and wideout Ted Ginn Jr. likely back to return kicks.

Every year there are always at least a handful of roster battles on each team, and defense is one field here, specifically in the secondary. There is a need to find a worthy replacement for Kenny Vaccaro, who played twelve games last year before landing on injured reserve and later being released from the team. Marcus Williams, Chris Banjo and Vonn Bell are all vying for that second safety spot. If any rookie impact is most watched, it'll be defensive end Marcus Davenport, who is supposed to be starting opposite of Cameron Jordan. The Saints were tied for seventh place with three other teams for sacks last year, which while not bad still means improvements could be made. Davenport, who went to Texas-San Antonio, notched 21.5 sacks in his career, a stat that helped endear him towards the Saints. The Saints picked up several big names in free agency but two major signings include tackle Jermon Bushrod and cornerback Patrick Robinson. The advantage here is that both players are familiar with the Saints' offensive and defensive schemes respectively.