Bleacher Reports columnist Will Osgood wrote about the upcoming battle between Corey White (photo listed above) and Johnny Patrick for the nickel corner job.
Osgood wrote that if Patrick wins, White's next position would be as a safety, but the Saints already have numerous players who can play that.
With that, White and Patrick will be working hard to get that starting nickel job.
Along with Osgood, Times-Picayune writer Mike Triplett wrote in this column:
The nickel cornerback job should also be considered a starting job in today's pass-happy NFL. Second-year pro Johnny Patrick is getting the first crack at it.
Patrick is the front-runner for the position.
His growth as a player last year was a part of the reason why the front office let go of Tracy Porter and Leigh Torrence this offseason, Triplett reports.
He played in nine games and was a member of the Special Teams Unit.
With the emphasis on zone coverage in Spagnuolo's defense, it will be tough to see which of these guys will ultimately win out.
Even though Patrick has been labeled the starter, it remains to be seen how true that is. White has more to lose because his backup position is already filled.
With that extra incentive plus the focus being on Patrick, White may pull off a surprising role reversal and become starter.