Starters: Scott Shanle, Clint Ingram
Backups: Jonathan Casillas, Stanley Arnoux
Overview: There are huge question marks surrounding this unit. For four straight years, Scott Fujita and Shanle were the starters at outside linebackers for the Saints. Now the Saints have parted ways with Fujita and have a huge hole at strongside linebacker.
Getting rid of Fujita was a smart move because of his age and decline in production. New Orleans needed to get younger and more athletic on the outside.
Based on his experience alone Shanle is the only certainty at outside linebacker. However, he does not make the game-changing plays that this defense needs from its outside linebackers.
I put Ingram as the other starter because he was a four-year starter at Jacksonville and has a year of experience in Gregg Williams' system.
Stanley Arnoux was a 4th round pick last year and ruptured his left Achilles in rookie minicamp. He is a fast linebacker who should at least have an impact on special teams.
This is a crowded group as there are at least nine players battling for a spot on the team. While the competition will be apparent in training camp, only time will tell how much talent there really is.
Prediction: Scott Fujita's departure will turn out to be a positive for this team because it will give the young linebackers a chance to emerge. One of them may leap Ingram on the depth chart because he wasn't exactly an All-Pro for Jacksonville.