Setting the depth chart after the Saints trimmed down to 90 players.
One rule here: Rookies generally have to earn their spots ahead of the incumbents.
There isn't much drama here at the top heading into the offseason program. The Saints need to work something out that will keep Drew Brees here beyond the 2016 season, but that shouldn't impact him on the field. Garrett Grayson will look to knock off Luke McCown as the top backup, which is something New Orleans would welcome after investing a third-round pick in him last year.
Running backs (2)
Mark Ingram's emergence as a three-down player makes the construction of the depth chart a little more interesting. His chief backup on first and second down will be Hightower. But his ability to block and catch passes out of the backfield could impact how the roster is assembled.
Third-down/passing backs (4)
The Saints still believe that Spiller can be a special player after a disappointing 2015 season. He'll have camp to prove it. Cadet's emergence late last season makes him the early favorite to earn a roster spot here. Murphy was the top returner last season, but he'll need to win that job. Lasco could sneak onto the roster with his ability on special teams.
The Saints moved away from the fullback position last season, instead using tight ends to fill the role at times. But it appears the door is still open for one to make the team after Johnson was brought back this offseason and Houma was added as a free agent.
Wide receivers (11)
There will be a ton of competition down the depth chart. Harris, Bell, Winn and Prater all have experience in the system. Dangerfield, Williams-Lambert, and Lewis will look to win a roster spot at the bottom of the depth chart.
Y tight end (2)
It would be an upset if either of these guys do not make the roster after the team invested in them this offseason. Hoomanawanui is the best blocking tight end on the roster and brings some versatility to the offense.
F tight end (4)
There will be a good battle here behind Fleener. Manhertz is a player with some upside and Tabb showed promise before tearing his ACL last training camp.
Armstead will look to continue his climb into becoming one of the best left tackles in the NFL.
It appears the hope here is that Strief can continue to serve as the right tackle and that Peat can move inside to guard. If other options emerge at guard, the battle between Strief and Peat will become more head-to-head.
There are a lot of unknowns here. Kelemete and Lelito have the early inside edge as the incumbents, but Lemon, Turner and Cheek will have the chance to win a job. Young, Allen and Henry could also figure into the mix at guard.
Unger has this spot set.
Defensive end (2)
The setup here depends entirely on someone else emerging as the weakside rush end. If someone doesn't step up there, Jordan will move back into the other spot and Richardson will have the inside edge on this position.
Defensive tackle (three-technique) (3)
This should be one of the better battles of the offseason. Fairley was signed to hold down this position, but the Saints did not spend a first-round pick on Rankins to have him be limited to subpackages.
Defensive tackle (nose) (4)
Jenkins should benefit from having better players around him. Davison did a good job holding down the fort at times last season in spot duty.
Defensive end (6)
It sounds like the Saints are going to give Kikaha every opportunity to win this job. Edebali and Gwacham both have shown promise. Since Tull is a similar player to Kikaha, he gets slotted at this position instead of linebacker.
Weakside linebacker (2)
This is a critical position for the Saints. Injuries last season killed the depth here. Ellerbe needs to stay healthy, and Robertson needs to emerge as a player.
Middle linebacker (2)
The addition of Laurinaitis allows the Saints to tinker with the idea of moving some guys around, namely Kikaha and Anthony. His presence should help stabilize the defense.
Strongside linebacker (5)
In theory, Anthony should excel in this role. His responsibilities will be limited, and he can focus more on his assignment. Stupar, signed this offseason, is an interesting player and should bring something to the defense.
Breaux was the biggest surprise of last offseason and has the ability to become one of the better cornerbacks in the league, assuming he continues on this trajectory. If Swann can bounce back from a series of concussions and Williams, who spent last season on injured reserve, proves to be a player, the Saints could have a good group of corners.
The key to that group being good is Lewis returning to form after battling a nagging hip injury last season.
Strong safety (4)
The Saints are solid at the top with Vaccaro. He excelled last season playing closer to the line of scrimmage. That shouldn't change.
Free safety (4)
The presence of Bell gives the Saints options in the secondary. The team could use more two-high looks this season.
The Saints need someone to emerge as a viable option this season.
Long snapper (2)
Drescher should win this battle.