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State Of The League: New Orleans Saints

A first Look at the 2021 Saints!
Publish Date: 08/09/2021
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 14: Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints prepares to take the snap during the first half of a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on August 14, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

The NFL Draft and free agency is in our rearview mirrors. Training camp and the NFL preseason are here! We are going over all 32 teams’ offseason moves, division by division: their player personnel changes, projected preseason depth charts, and more! As we close the NFC South, we look into the changes the New Orleans Saints went through this offseason!

New Orleans Saints Preseason Projected Depth Chart

Position Starter Backup
QB Taysom Hill Jameis Winston
RB1 Alvin Kamara Devonta Freeman
RB2 Latavius Murray Ty Montgomery
FB Alex Armah
WR1 Michael Thomas Marquez Callaway
WR2 Tre’Quan Smith Juwan Johnson
WR3 Deonte Harris Kawaan Baker
TE Adam Trautman Nick Vannett
LT Terron Armstead James Hurst
LG Andrus Peat Derrick Kelly
C Erik McCoy Will Clapp
RG Cesar Ruiz Calvin Throckmorton
RT Ryan Ramczyk Landon Young
DE Cameron Jordan Payton Turner
DT David Onyemata Ryan Glasgow
DT Shy Tuttle Malcolm Roach
DE Marcus Davenport Tanoh Kpassagnon
OLB Zack Baun Kaden Elliss
MLB Demario Davis Kwon Alexander
OLB Pete Werner Sutton Smith
CB1 Marshon Lattimore Paulson Adebo
CB2 Patrick Robinson Prince Amukamara
CB3 Brian Poole Grant Haley
FS Marcus Williams P.J. Williams
SS Malcolm Jenkins Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
K Wil Lutz
P Blake Gillikin Nolan Cooney
LS Zach Wood
KR Deonte Harris Marquez Callaway
PR Deonte Harris Marquez Callaway

*BOLD player name = Rookie*

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New Orleans Saints 2021 NFL Draft Class

Round 1 (28th overall): EDGE Payton Turner, Houston

Round 2 (60th): LB Pete Werner, Ohio State

Round 3 (76th): CB Paulson Adebo, Stanford

Round 4 (133rd): QB Ian Book, Notre Dame

Round 6 (206): OT Landon Young, Kentucky

Round 7 (255): WR Kawaan Baker, South Alabama

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New Orleans Saints Offseason Player Personnel Moves

Expired Contracts
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Info / Notes
Nick Easton G 29 NO
Thomas Morstead P 35 NO Released
Craig Robertson ILB 33 NO
Johnson Bademosi CB 31 NO
D.J. Swearinger FS 30 NO
Bennie Fowler WR 30 NO
Cole Wick TE 28 NO
Jason Vander Laan TE 29 NO
Arrivals
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Acquired via
Nick Vannett TE 29 DEN NO Free Agency
Alex Armah FB 27 CAR NO Free Agency
Tanoh Kpassagnon DE 27 KC NO Free Agency
Brian Poole CB 29 NYJ NO Free Agency
J.R. Sweezy G 32 ARZ NO Free Agency
Departures
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Departed via
Drew Brees QB 40 NO Retirement
Josh Hill TE 31 NO DET Free Agency
Emmanuel Sanders WR 34 NO BUF Free Agency
Janoris Jenkins CB 33 NO TEN Free Agency
Jared Cook TE 34 NO LAC Free Agency
Malcom Brown DT 28 NO JAX Free Agency
Sheldon Rankins DT 27 NO NYJ Free Agency
Alex Anzalone LB 27 NO DET Free Agency
Trey Hendrickson DE 27 NO CIN Free Agency
Michael Burton FB 29 NO KC Free Agency
Justin Hardee CB 27 NO NYJ Free Agency
Cameron Tom C 26 NO MIA Free Agency
Re-Signed
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Info / Notes
P.J. Williams CB/S 28 NO NO
Jameis Winston QB 27 NO NO
Kwon Alexander LB 27 NO NO
Ken Crawley CB 28 NO NO
James Hurst T 30 NO NO
J.T. Gray SS 25 NO NO
Noah Spence DE 27 NO NO
Ty Montgomery RB 28 NO NO
Dwayne Washington RB 27 NO NO
Lil’jordan Humphrey WR 23 NO NO
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