Saints roster breakdown: Running back

A position-by-position look at the New Orleans Saints' 90-man roster heading into the start of training camp. Players report on Thursday and will hold their first practice Friday at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

Current depth chart: Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson, Travaris Cadet, Timothy Flanders, Derrick Strozier

Gone from last year: Darren Sproles

Key roster battles: The top four guys on this list are all pretty safe. Unfortunately, to the chagrin of fantasy players everywhere, I don't expect any of them to emerge as a true leading back in the rotation during the preseason. If anything, the picture might get even cloudier if Cadet thrives against backup defenses -- as he has in past summers.

The only real intrigue is whether the Saints will continue their remarkable run of success with undrafted rookie running backs. You have to consider Flanders and Strozier as long shots since they're buried so far down on the depth chart. But the Saints' recent history bodes well for long-shot running backs.