Minicamp is underway for the New Orleans Saints, and the team’s running back depth chart for the coming season appears to be loaded with capable ball-carriers.
Under coach Sean Payton, the Saints have made a name for the themselves as an explosive pass-first offense.
It must be noted, however, that in New Orleans’ most productive offensive seasons, the Saints' seemingly unstoppable passing game has been complemented by a formidable ground attack.
In 2014, the Saints will once again field a potent aerial attack, led by quarterback Drew Brees, but the key to their offensive success will lie with the effectiveness of the running game. The New Orleans backfield must pull its weight in order for the offense to achieve true balance.
Granted, there’s more to a strong ground game than simply having good running backs. The offensive line must do its part first by firing out and clearing running lanes, and the quarterback must be able to have some success through the air in order to keep the defense on its heels.
But make no mistake: Strong, powerful backs are the lifeblood of a solid rushing attack in the NFL, and New Orleans looks to have a stable of them heading toward the upcoming season.
Following is a full position breakdown of the Saints’ running back depth chart. The backs are ranked in descending order, with the starter as the last slide.