- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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The New Orleans Saints sent out their depth chart to advance Saturday’s preseason game and there’s one interesting thing on there.
In a move you don’t often see, the Saints are listing two starters at one position. That’s right tackle, where the chart reads: “Zach Strief/Charles Brown." Both names are in bold, which is used to indicate starters.
This isn’t all that surprising though. It basically reflects exactly what coach Sean Payton said Monday when discussing the release of former starting right tackle Jon Stinchcomb. Payton said Strief and Brown would compete for the job and the depth chart seems to reflect that.
In a somewhat related noted, the game news release teams send out always includes a chart on how a team was built, listing what players came in what years. Stinchcomb, who came in 2003, had been the longest-tenured member of the Saints.
That honor now is shared by defensive end Will Smith and receiver Devery Henderson, who were drafted in 2004. Those are the only remaining players who were with the team before Payton became coach in 2006.
A couple of other notes on the depth chart. Right tackle isn’t the only spot where the Saints are listing two starters. They’re also doing it at nose tackle with Shaun Rogers and Aubrayo Franklin. Both are veteran defensive tackles who were signed by the Saints this year. This one’s not a real surprise either, but it’s not as much about competition as the right-tackle spot. In the case of Rogers and Franklin, they’ll probably rotate along with defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis.
The starting outside linebackers are still listed as Scott Shanle on the weak side and Will Herring on the strong side. The Saints could open the season that way, but I think there still is competition at those spots. Jonathan Casillas, who is listed as Shanle’s backup, had a very strong performance in the preseason opener and Clint Ingram, who is listed behind Herring, has history with coordinator Gregg Williams from their days together in Jacksonville.
One other quick note on the Saints. They signed running back Patrick Cobbs on Tuesday. Running backs Chris Ivory and Joique Bell are currently injured. Cobbs previously has been with the Dolphins and Steelers and has made his mark mostly as a special-teams player.