By Joel A. Erickson
If everything goes according to plan, the New Orleans Saints will open training camp at the end of July with all five members of one of the NFL's best offensive lines healthy and ready to go.
But that doesn't mean there is no position battle brewing up front.
For the past three seasons, New Orleans knew exactly where to turn if one of the top five offensive linemen went down with an injury. Former Saints offensive lineman Senio Kelemete was always the answer.
"We felt like he was a starter," offensive line coach Dan Roushar said. "You could put him in at guard, you could put him in at tackle, you could slide him from right to left, and you didn't worry."
Now that Kelemete is in Houston with a starting opportunity in sight, New Orleans must figure out who can step into the gap if something happens to Terron Armstead, Andrus Peat, Max Unger, Larry Warford or Ryan Ramczyk.
"Part of it is the health of those players," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "Replacing Senio, who played close to 60 percent of the snaps, would be important to understand. It's hard to go through a season with the same five guys, and yet you hope you're able to." ...
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