On the 2011 New Orleans Saints, virtually every position on the team has been set for the upcoming season, barring unforseen injuries.
The offensive line, running back, quarterback, wide receiver and tight end depth charts are all but lined up, and on defense, the line, cornerback and safety positions are also just about set.
However, at linebacker, the battle for the two positions alongside defensive captain Jonathan Vilma are up for grabs. Including Vilma, there are currently 12 linebackers on the training camp roster likely competing for six or seven spots on the regular season 53-man roster. The players on the roster competing for spots vary from young (Martez Wilson, Nate Bussey, and Jonathan Casillas) to the old (Clint Ingram, Scott Shanle, Will Herring and Danny Clark) and are all receiving a chance to earn a place on the team.
Besides Vilma, Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams is shifting players in and out of rotations on the first team defensive unit at linebacker. Although Shanle and Casillas should be considered favorites to be starters when the season starts, players such as Wilson and Herring will be there making them work that much harder for the starting position.
Although there aren’t any superstars at the position outside of Vilma, the team has a wealth of depth at linebacker, which should help a unit that has struggled in years past.