Saints stick with co-starters at running back on Week One depth chart

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The Saints released a depth chart for their Monday night opener against the Vikings and they aren’t veering from their preseason approach of listing two running backs as members of the first team.

Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson are both listed as starters with rookie Alvin Kamara occupying the second rung. That fits with the way the Saints have talked about their backfield alignment since signing Peterson in the spring, although what that will mean for the way the backs are actually used will remain anybody’s guess until the Saints actually roll out their offense on Monday.

Both Ingram and Peterson are set to play on Monday, but that’s not the case for left tackle Terron Armstead. That didn’t stop the team from listing Armstead with the starting lineup, however.

The Saints opted to put Armstead on the 53-man roster rather than leaving him on the PUP list as he recovers from shoulder surgery, which suggests that he’ll be on the field at some point in the first six weeks of the season. Until then, first-round pick Ryan Ramczyk will be running with the first team.

8 responses to “Saints stick with co-starters at running back on Week One depth chart

  1. Am I the only one who thinks AP will be the “starter” by week 5, if not sooner? Nothing against Ingram, but neither will be there for more than a few years and I think AP is going to have a great year. Having all 3 backs will give them freshness too. I just don’t understand how Ingrams going a round or two higher in drafts

  2. Peterson used to be able to create his own holes, make something huge out of nothing, but he lacks that burst that he had 4 or 5 yrs ago. He can’t get away with his stop/starts in the backfield anymore, he gets caught or holes fill. Sad to see a once dominant runner fade away like he has. He was fun to watch. Wish him well, just not week 1.

  3. Considering this isn’t the first time in the brees peyton era, that they’ve had and used three running backs,… I’m pretty sure they’re all gonna get a pretty even shake. Unless peterson and kamara break defensive ankles every game. (which is not really a thing). I’d think it’s more likely that if kamara can catch well he could take ginn’s spot.

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