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New Orleans Saints Roster Breakdown in 2020
The New Orleans Saints haven’t ended seasons in the manner they’d hoped over the last three years. Though their inability to close has been disappointing, they’ll yet again enter a new NFL season as viable title threats.
Anyone betting on the Saints has cause for pause, though. As loaded as the Saints are, they have struggled come playoff time.
Is there anything on their roster that can help bettors know whether to go with or against them? Let’s take a look at the New Orleans Saints’ depth charts for 2020 to find out.
Note: Starters are bolded
Saints Quarterback Depth Chart
- Drew Brees
- Taysom Hill
- Jameis Winston
- Tommy Stevens
The ageless Brees seems to hit a wall come playoff time, but all last year during the regular season, he looked as good as ever. He may be preparing for his swan song, but he’s still an elite pocket passer with precision accuracy.
Behind him may be the best quarterback depth chart in the NFL. Taysom Hill operates as a high-end gadget player and a relatively solid backup, while Jameis Winston comes over from Tampa Bay as an elite insurance policy.
Draftee Tommy Stevens profiles as a Hill clone that could be preparing for a big role once Hill inevitably prices himself out of town in 2021.
Saints Running Back Depth Chart
- Alvin Kamara
- Latavius Murray
- Ty Montgomery
- Dwayne Washington
- Ricky Ortiz
- Taquan Mizzell
- Tony Jones Jr.
- Mike Burton
New Orleans is stacked in the running game, as well. The Saints have the insanely versatile Kamara, who is a straight-up offensive weapon, as well as the early down and goal-line monster that is Latavius Murray.
They’re set with their top two backs, but the Saints are collectors of riches. Ty Montgomery is a beautiful pickup and perfect fit for this offense, while Dwayne Washington is a direct handcuff to Murray.
Burton rounds out a stellar offensive backfield as the team’s main blocking fullback.
Saints Wide Receiver Depth Chart
- Michael Thomas
- Emmanuel Sanders
- Tre’Quan Smith
- Deonte Harris
- Jordan Lil’ Humphrey
- Austin Carr
- Krishawn Hogan
- Juwan Johnson
- Emmanuel Butler
- Marquez Callaway
- Tommylee Lewis
- Maurice Harris
The Saints did lose deep threat Ted Ginn Jr. in free agency, but he was getting older, and that just paves the way for a bigger role for Tre’Quan Smith.
New Orleans also brought in the reliable Emmanuel Sanders, while Michael Thomas is a pristine route-runner and efficient pass-catcher that just got done breaking the single-season catch record.
The Saints simply aren’t fair, as they have the perfect bodies lined up at receiver for their offense.
Saints Tight End Depth Chart
- Jared Cook
- Josh Hill
- Adam Trautman
- Garrett Griffin
- Jason Vander Laan
- Cole Wick
New Orleans is also looking good at tight end, where the athletic and increasingly reliable Jared Cook is their top option.
He’s backed up by the rock-solid Josh Hill, while the Saints have pretty good depth here with incoming rookie Adam Trautman.
Saints Offensive Line Depth Chart
|Position||Starter||Backup||Third String||Fourth String|
|Left Tackle||Terron Armstead||Will Clapp||Darrin Paulo|
|Left Guard||Andrus Peat||Derrick Kelly II||Patrick Omameh||Adrian Magee|
|Center||Erik McCoy||Nick Easton||Calvin Throckmorton|
|Right Guard||Cesar Ruiz||James Hurst||Cameron Tom|
|Right Tackle||Ryan Ramczyk||Ethan Greenidge||Jordan Steckler|
The Saints continue to have one of the best offensive lines in football. Drew Brees’ quick release and Sean Payton’s brilliant play-calling certainly help, but Ramczyk and Armstead are two of the best to do it.
Erik McCoy was rock-solid last year, incoming rookie Cesar Ruiz was a steal, and Nick Easton offers solid depth. Andrus Peat gets high praise for his versatility and could bounce back after two down years.
Saints Defensive Line Depth Chart
|Defensive End||Defensive Tackle|
|Cameron Jordan||Sheldon Rankins|
|Marcus Davenport||David Onyemata|
|Carl Granderson||Malcom Brown|
|Trey Hendrickson||Margus Hunt|
|Gus Cumberlander||Mario Edwards Jr.|
New Orleans has a loaded defensive line, as well. Cameron Jordan is coming off a fantastic 15.5-sack season, while Marcus Davenport was having a solid year before bowing out of 2019 with a December injury.
Those two make up a ferocious pass rush that ranked third in sacks in 2019. Trey Hendrickson (4.5 sacks) is a quality reserve that helps bolster this pass rush.
New Orleans is just as nasty in the middle, where Sheldon Rankins, Malcolm Brown, and David Onyemata rotate in a fierce run-stuffing front that finished fourth against the run last year.
Rankins is coming back from an Achilles injury and will be a question mark. On paper, however, this defensive line is star-studded and incredibly deep.
Saints Linebacker Depth Chart
|Alex Anzalone||Kiko Alonso||Demario Davis|
|Anthony Chickillo||Craig Robertson||Zack Baun|
|Chase Hansen||Joe Bachie||Kaden Elliss|
New Orleans lost steady linebacker A.J. Klein this offseason, but they inherited solid depth when they stole Anthony Chickillo from Pittsburgh.
The team hopes to get a healthy Kiko Alonso back to man the middle, but exits from Manti Te’o and Stephone Anthony can’t be ignored.
Anzalone is a solid linebacker who will be coming back from a 14-game absence, while Davis is far and away this group’s most impactful player.
The team also added to this unit with the pick of Zack Baun in this year’s draft, and his pass rushing, hard hitting, and instincts could prove useful immediately.
Saints Cornerback Depth Chart
- Marshon Lattimore
- Janoris Jenkins
- PJ Williams
- Patrick Robinson
- Deatrick Nichols
- Justin Hardee
- Tino Ellis
- Johnson Bademosi
- Keith Washington
New Orleans had a middle-of-the-road pass defense in 2019, but it wasn’t for a lack of talent. Marshon Lattimore is one of the top cover men in the game, while Patrick Williams and P.J. Williams round out a fairly deep unit.
An aging Janoris Jenkins wasn’t quite as dominant as he used to be, but he’s still a quality corner. The team did lose Eli Apple in free agency, but overall, this unit can’t be seen as a glaring weakness.
Saints Safety Depth Chart
- Malcolm Jenkins
- Marcus Williams
- DJ Swearinger
- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
- JT Gray
- Saquan Hampton
- Chris Johnson
Malcolm Jenkins is back with his old team after a six-year hiatus in Philly. He should slide back in as a strong starting option, especially with Vonn Bell leaving for Cincinnati.
Swearinger operates as fantastic depth at safety, while Marcus Williams gives the Saints a stud safety to line up next to Jenkins.
Saints Special Teams Depth Chart
- Kicker: Wil Lutz
- Punter: Thomas Morstead
- Long Snapper: Zach Wood
- Holder: Thomas Morstead
- Punter Returner: Deonte Harris
- Kick Returner: Deonte Harris
New Orleans has a terrific special teams unit, fronted by reliable kicker Wil Lutz. Lutz has converted 87.5% of his field goals for his career and offers the leg power and consistency NFL teams strive for.
Thomas Morstead also helps the Saints win the battle of field position, as he cracked the top 10 in net average in 2019, as well as punts inside the 20.
The Saints don’t really need a dynamic return game, but they have one with Deonte Harris. The second-year receiver offered a punt return touchdown and a 26.8 yards per kick return average as a rookie in 2019.
Saints Roster Analysis
- Grade: A
This is a borderline perfect roster. Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, and Michael Thomas spearhead an absolutely lethal offense, while each position has fantastic depth behind their major stars.
The offensive line is also very strong, while the defense has very few problem areas. The Saints could be a bit more consistent at linebacker and cornerback, but both units still have stars leading the charge.
Betting on the New Orleans Saints in 2020
You can bet on the Saints as you will in 2020, as this is a recurring title threat.
Drew Brees still has the ability to carry one of the best offenses in football, which makes the Saints terrific bets to make the playoffs, win their division, and perhaps a whole lot more.