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New Orleans Saints training camp safety depth chart

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By Kristen Wong | WhoDatDish

The New Orleans Saints have a lot of things to look forward to this season, and watching their safeties dominate the backfield is one of them. The Saints have enjoyed becoming one of the top pass and run defenses in the past years and finished the 2020 season allowing the fifth-fewest passing yards and the second-fewest rushing touchdowns.

The men behind the Saints’ backfield success are versatile, multi-pronged pieces of the secondary. All-purpose and all toughness, these guys possess the combined strengths of a linebacker and a ballhawk, a blitzer and a robber. They’re not too shabby at safety, either.

Here are the Saints’ safety options for 2021 (including defensive backs):
  1. C.J. Gardner-Johnson
  2. Marcus Williams
  3. Malcolm Jenkins
  4. J.T. Gray
  5. P.J. Williams
  6. Keith Washington II
  7. Deuce Wallace
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2021 New Orleans Saints roster breakdown: Offensive line

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Take a deep dive into the New Orleans Saints roster ahead of training camp with a player-by-player breakdown at each position. The public portion of the 2021 Training Camp presented by SeatGeek kicks off on Friday, July 30 at 9:30 a.m., the first of seven practices scheduled to be open to the public.

2021 New Orleans Saints roster: Offensive line​


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With positional flexibility and the combination of size, strength and intelligence, Will Clapp enters his fourth season with the Black and Gold in 2021. After becoming a valuable part of the offensive line rotation in 2019, the LSU product appeared in 14 games with three starts. The New Orleans native and former LSU standout saw action in eight games in 2020.

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Center Erik McCoy started all 16 games for the Black & Gold in 2020. The 6-foot-4, 303-pounder out of Texas A&M was the only Saint to play 100 percent of offensive snaps (1,074). McCoy provided a key block to free up Alvin Kamara on a 52-yard touchdown reception in Week 3 against Green Bay. He started for an offensive unit that rushed for 200-plus yards consecutively in Week 12 at Denver and Week 13 at Atlanta. McCoy remained consistent when franchise quarterback Drew Brees was forced to miss four games due to injury and Taysom Hill stepped in under center.

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Saints training camp: Three pivotal players to watch as practice begins

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Of course, one of the biggest storylines in the NFL preseason is whether Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill will lead the New Orleans Saints at quarterback after Drew Brees hung up his cleats in the offseason.

But the Saints have plenty of other moving pieces to keep eyes on as they report to training camp.

Here are three players to watch other than Winston and Hill:

WR Tre'Quan Smith

This spot was reserved for All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas, but now that he's reportedly still in recovery from June ankle surgery, the focus moves to Tre'Quan Smith.

Smith, who is in a contract year, is the...
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Who will make the Saints' 53-man roster? COVID vaccination status could play a role

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Each preseason, we typically give names of three players whom we think have a shot at making the Saints' 53-man roster — but because of how things are shaking out with NFL rules and COVID-19 protocols, this "on the bubble" portion of our training camp preview pertains to one small group of players — the unvaccinated.

Regardless of how one feels about the COVID-19 vaccine, coming into training camp without being fully vaccinated is a competitive disadvantage. The NFL has two sets of COVID protocols: one for the vaccinated and one for the unvaccinated.

For the vaccinated, everything is...
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Saints roster locks, long shots, and DT's on the bubble at Saints training camp

  • News source: John Sigler
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Most of the concerns we’ve seen this summer about the New Orleans Saints defense have centered on the situations at cornerback or linebacker, but there’s a sneaky-big weakness in the middle up front: at defensive tackle. A quick glance at the roster doesn’t show many big names.

And a more thorough survey can be alarming given only three of them have played four or more years in the NFL, and one of those veterans will be suspended to start the season. Like several other position groups, it’s young and unproven, which isn’t a great recipe for success.

So who has a real shot at making the...
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Tommylee Lewis joins Dede Westbrook for Vikings free agents tryouts

  • News source: John Sigler
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The Minnesota Vikings reported some free agent tryout news to the daily NFL transactions wire that New Orleans Saints fans might find interesting. Minnesota hosted free agent wide receivers Dede Westbrook and Tommylee Lewis on Saturday, with quarterback Jackson Erdmann throwing to them.

Westbrook has been a trendy pick by fans on social media hoping for reinforcements following news of Michael Thomas’ prolonged absence after ankle surgery. And Lewis has always seemed to reappear with the Saints over the years, with some fans speculating he could get another call now that New Orleans has a...
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Burning questions: The Saints need to solve these three problems before the season starts

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Veteran depth, regardless of position, has been a strength for the New Orleans Saints over the past several seasons — but the offseason storm of free agency, combined with lower-than-usual-salary-cap constraints, greatly affected the roster moving forward.

That's the overall theme for the Saints' three biggest questions as training camp approaches, and all three have to deal with defense.

WHAT HAPPENS AT CORNERBACK?

The Saints released veteran starter Janoris Jenkins to help get under the salary cap and have not yet signed a veteran with significant starting experience who could start...
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Drew Brees' lessons live on with Saints QBs Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill ahead of training camp

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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When New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees turned around to take one final look at the Superdome's field after the loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January, he knew his 20-year NFL career had come to a close.

Brees had his pick of memories to relive during that glance of the field he called home for so long — breaking the career yards passing record, beating the Vikings to advance to the Super Bowl, the list goes on — but the look back also serves as a reminder of something else. The next time a Saints quarterback takes that field, it won't be Brees.

Change is inevitable, but...
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Under the radar: Three Saints players to watch as training camp begins

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Everyone knows the major storylines for the Saints this season. There's the quarterback battle, the cornerback situation and depth issues at defensive tackle.

But plenty of other areas are worthy of attention, too. For example: The Saints' first punter battle since before their win in Super Bowl XLIV; their depth at defensive end; and back-end depth at the receiver position.

Here are three under-the-radar players to watch as training camp begins:

P Blake Gillikin

The Saints' punting position might not be the sexiest storyline of training camp, but it's definitely important. The Saints...
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Walker: At Saints training camp, it'll be hot ... and some other not-so-obvious predictions

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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To the fans, it's a reminder that football season is right around the corner.

To the New Orleans Saints coaches and players, it's a reminder that the hottest place in the world is right there at 5800 Airline Drive in Metairie.

Saints players from the past will probably argue that and point to those dog days of summer at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, 15 years ago.

But training camp is here, the welcome mat at the front door of the NFL season.

You never know exactly what you'll get at training camp, other than some scorching hot temperatures, some Cam Jordan dance moves to...
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Saints training camp preview: Roster locks and long shots at running back

  • News source: John Sigler
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A couple of new faces have been added to the mix, but the New Orleans Saints running backs room is largely unchanged from a year ago. Now, that isn’t the same thing as lacking the potential for change — depending on how backups progress and whether veterans can fit into new roles, things could take a turn in any number of directions.

So let’s keep the Saints training camp previews marching on with the running backs:
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5 wide receiver trade targets for Saints after Michael Thomas surgery

  • News source: John Sigler
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The New Orleans Saints have neglected their depth chart at wide receiver for too long, and now they’re paying the price. Michael Thomas is on ice for the foreseeable future following ankle surgery. Tre’Quan Smith is the only player on the roster with real NFL experience behind him — everyone else is either a special teamer, fourth-string player, or both, unless they’re an unproven rookie.

Smith and 2021 seventh rounder Kawaan Baker are the only receivers the Saints have drafted since 2018. Their options now are to roll out Smith and some mix of backups and pray, with some smoke and...
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Free agent market at wide receiver leaves a lot to be desired for needy Saints

  • News source: John Sigler
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The New Orleans Saints are planning to host free agent wide receivers for tryouts in the days before training camp, but it’s tough to find many appealing options still available this late in the summer. But Michael Thomas’ June surgery gives them few other choices.

Let’s be real about this: players still looking for work in July are either past-their-prime veterans or disappointing draft picks who have already washed out with a team or two. The Saints won’t find anyone who can replace Thomas.

But maybe they can find some help to strengthen the unit as a whole, so that young players like...
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Saints Countdown to NFL Kickoff 2021: #50 Curtis Lofton

  • News source: Brendan Boylan
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The New Orleans Saints are 50 days away from their Week 1 clash with the Pack. Here is a look at one of New Orleans Saints' greatest players to wear #50: LB Curtis Lofton.

Curtis Lofton, 36, played eight NFL seasons, three with the New Orleans Saints. Ranked as the No. 8 LB in the country coming out of High School, Lofton committed to play in his home state at the University of Oklahoma. Lofton played as a reserve LB his first two seasons under Bob Stoops, impacting special teams. His Junior year, Lofton became the starting MLB for the Sooners and brought home All-America honors. Lofton...
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Saints Countdown to NFL Kickoff 2021: #51 Sam Mills

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The New Orleans Saints are 51 days away from their Week 1 clash with the Pack. Here is a look at one of New Orleans Saints' greatest players to wear #51: LB Sam Mills.

Sam Mills, 1959-2005, played twelve NFL Seasons, nine with the New Orleans Saints. A native of Neptune City, NJ, Mills attended Long Branch High School, where he was a standout Wrestler and Football player. After High School, Mills walked on to the football team at Montclair State College (now University). In his college career, he was a three-time NJAC first-team All-Star and won Defensive Player of the Year three...
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Michael Thomas, Saints may still be on a collision course

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Last year, evidence of very real friction emerged between the Saints and superstar receiver Michael Thomas. The fact that Thomas reportedly will miss the start of the season due to ankle surgery dating back to the injury he suffered in Week One of the 2020 season could make things worse.

It definitely won’t make things better.

On the surface, an obvious question arises: why would Thomas wait until June to get surgery with a four-month recovery/rehab period? A clear answer hasn’t emerged, but Nick Underhill of NewOrleansFootball.com has pieced together some facts that could make the...
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