By Josh Katzenstein
Meritocracy is a word coaches frequently use during NFL training camps. Every position is an open competition, and the best players will play, the coaches say.
New Orleans Saints coaches and scouts will begin their month-long process of determining their best players when training camp starts on Thursday, but not every position is truly available for the taking.
Drew Brees is the Saints’ best quarterback, Cameron Jordan is their best defensive end, Marshon Lattimore is their best cornerback, Michael Thomas is their best receiver and a few other players have positions locked up, no questions asked.
At some other spots, money points to the likely depth chart. Linebacker roles will be among the most hotly contested this year, but it’s fair to project that Demario Davis will play in the middle, Alex Anzalone will be on the weak side and A.J. Klein will man the strong side. Surprises do happen, which is why every linebacker has a chance to make the team, but the Saints paid Davis a lot of money to take over in the middle, a signing that makes it more likely Klein moves to the strong side where he has the most experience. ...
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