2016 New Orleans Saints Depth Chart Notes
Drew Brees is healthy and ready to go for another season with the high powered Saints offense. Despite bringing in Garrett Grayson last year out of Colorado state, there's really nothing to worry about in terms of Brees' playing time unless he gets injured again.
Mark Ingram once again dealt with injuries in 2015, but he was a tremendous and essential part to the offense when healthy. He's once again the main back in the offense, and should be able to hold the fort on both passing and receiving downs. Ingram was re-signed by the saint, and should have a solidified role for the near future. In terms of rushing downs, Tim Hightower is really the only main contributor that could take over if Ingram were to go down. He was thrust into a big role when he went down in 2015. CJ Spiller is a player who will spell Ingram on passing downs, but likely won't see a significant role unless there's an injury. Daniel Lasco was drafted in the seventh round, but he's likely not to make the active roster, and even if he does, will struggle to get snaps.
Brandin Cooks should once again be a prominent option in the passing game. He led the Saints in targets last year and should be in line for a similar workload this year. Behind him it's the grouping of Willie Snead and former Ohio State rookie Michael Thomas. Snead had a really impressive second year with the Saints, especially for a former undrafted free agent, however, Thomas was selected in the second round, and it appears he will at least be involved in the red zone in 2016. Brandon Coleman is vying for a role on the offense, but it appears his time might be past with the drafting of Thomas.
Coby Fleener was the big offseason acquisition for the Saints. They signed him to a solid deal, and the former second rounder should be in for a prominent role on passing downs. Josh Hill is still in town, and should be a solid goal-line weapon and able to spell Fleener throughout the game.