Senio Kelemete has made himself indispensable in five seasons in New Orleans.
A versatile offensive who's capable of playing all five positions, Kelemete, a guard by nature, is the first man off the bench for the Saints' offensive line, a role that has earned him 1,086 snaps over the past two years.
Kelemete has played just about every spot on the offensive line at one point or the other, but right now he's spending a lot of time in training camp at center, the one position he's never played in a game.
Two years ago, Kelemete struggled to learn the position, but that experience is helping now. With Max Unger out, the Saints' backups have had trouble with the snap, and New Orleans has stabilized the position by giving Kelemete a lot of work there.
"I'm a lot more comfortable than I was two years ago," Kelemete said. "I didn't even know what to do or how to snap the ball. ... Getting reps two years ago has really helped my confidence getting reps now at center."
A good August from Kelemete at center could also play a big role in deciding which offensive linemen make the 53-man roster in September.
"Obviously, the versatility's the key with him," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "When you get to gameday and you go to seven offensive linemen, you are looking at two players that are not in the starting group. You need to have some swing flexibility within your backups."