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Charles Brown listed as starter on Saints depth chart

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Because of a stable offense and attrition caused by injuries, the Saints don’t have too many depth chart questions at the moment.

But one of them points to the inherent danger of reading too much into such charts which are released by the team each preseason.

The most important competition in Saints camp is for the left tackle job, and holdover Charles Brown is listed as the starter, with former No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith second and rookie Terron Armstead third.

But as Katherine Terrell of the New Orleans Times-Picayune notes, Armstead has taken most of the second-team work in practice so far.

While it’s something to go on, these charts are often filled in by team PR staffs as opposed to the coaches, which explains some of the oddities you’ll see from time to time.

Brown’s been a solid enough player, but has struggled to stay on the field in recent years. Armstead has a high ceiling, but he’s a rookie, and expecting him to cover Drew Brees‘ blind side might be unfair at the moment.

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9 Responses to “Charles Brown listed as starter on Saints depth chart”
  1. spankymcwanky says: Aug 5, 2013 3:41 PM

    I think Charles Brown can be just as effective as Jermon Bushrod, but only if he can stay healthy. Bushrod as average to a little above average. He routinely needed help with chip blocks and he still had his really bad games. Sean Payton will probably give Brown just as much help as Bushrod got, and that will probably be enough. Jason Smith has been garbage and don’t expect him to make the final 53. He’s getting destroyed.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 5, 2013 3:42 PM

    When he was younger, Charlie aspired to be a place kicker, but he was never able to get in synch with his holder at the time.

  3. nobby821 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:46 PM

    As long as he’s not the kicker!

    Aww shucks

  4. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 5, 2013 3:52 PM

    “While it’s something to go on, these charts are often filled in by team PR staffs as opposed to the coaches, which explains some of the oddities you’ll see from time to time.”

    That’s a strong point that I had no idea about. Over the years, I have seen many peculiarities and “oddities” that were tricky to try to explain – but if teams let the PR crew pump out the depth charts, that explains a lot.

    Quality insight: thanks PFT/DG.

  5. vinylwindows says: Aug 5, 2013 3:58 PM

    Brown is not that good. Brown can’t handle players one on one so he is a liability. The rookie will be starting soon enough.

  6. gdive says: Aug 5, 2013 4:16 PM

    Take it from a Rams fan….. Get the ambulance ready if Jason Smith takes any snaps at LT.

  7. tv426 says: Aug 5, 2013 4:16 PM

    I love how people assume something about a player because he hasn’t played due to injury.

    Word out of NO, from coaches and media attending practices, indicate that Brown and Evans are the 2 standout OL in camp. Both have been beasts and ultra consistent all camp.

    Brown will be just fine protecting Brees.

  8. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Aug 5, 2013 4:38 PM

    He’s still better than what the Dolphins are throwing out there at LT….

  9. mrlaloosh says: Aug 5, 2013 6:31 PM

    “Charlie Brown..he’s a clown….Charlie Brown”

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