Missed last season with a hip injury and will have to fight off veteran John Kasay, his replacement last season, to regain his job.
Has been injury-prone during his first two seasons with the team and could be the odd man out in a crowded backfield.
Also battled injuries last year and carries a hefty $1.5 million salary for a backup even though he’s valued on special teams.
Seventh-round draft pick in 2008 has played in only four games and could be getting his final chance to make good.
Third-year pro was given a shot to win starting center job last summer, but wasn’t ready. Versatility as a guard may help him though.
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Former Falcons starter is a tackling machine who should fill in nicely for the suspended Jonathan Vilma in the middle.
A former Pro Bowler with the Ravens, all eyes will be on him as he replaces All-Pro Carl Nicks on the left side.
Has earned a reputation as being one of the league’s top run-stoppers and has the strength to help collapse the pocket.
A former starter with the Seahawks, he gives the Saints defense another playmaker as the weakside starter.
This fourth-round draft pick, and son of former Jets’ star Al Toon, could replace Robert Meachem in the rotation.
Others: DT Akiem Hicks (third-round draft pick), CB Corey White (fifth-round draft pick),
LB Chris Chamberlain (unrestricted free agent).
DAILY CAMP SCHEDULE
Note: Metairie practices listed below are open to fans, but are subject to be moved indoors because of weather or at the discretion of the coaching staff with little or no warning. Workouts moved indoors are closed to the public (check www.neworleanssaints.com or Twitter @Saints for daily updates).
Date Time Location
July 26 4-6:45 p.m. Metairie
July 27 4-6:45 p.m. Metairie
July 28 4-6:45 p.m. Metairie
July 29 4-6:45 p.m. Metairie
July 30 No practice (players off)
July 31 4-6:45 p.m. Metairie
Aug. 1 4-6:45 p.m. Metairie
Aug. 2 4-6:45 p.m. Metairie
Aug. 3 4-6:45 p.m. Metairie
Aug. 4 Travel day (no practice)
Aug. 5 Saints vs. Cardinals, 7 p.m.
(Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio)
Aug. 6 TBA Foxborough, Mass.
Aug. 7 Practice w/Patriots Foxborough, Mass.
Aug. 8 Practice w/Patriots Foxborough, Mass.
Aug. 9 Saints at Patriots, 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 10-12 No practice (players off)
Aug. 13 4-6:45 p.m. Metairie
Aug. 14 4-6:45 p.m. Metairie
Aug. 15 4-6:45 p.m. Metairie
Aug. 16 4-6:45 p.m. Metairie
Aug. 17 Jaguars at Saints, 7 p.m.
All times Central
Date Opponent Time TV
Aug. 5 Arizona Cardinals 7 p.m. NFLN
(Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio)
Aug. 9 New England Patriots 6:30 p.m. CST
Aug. 17 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 7 p.m. CST
Aug 25 HOUSTON TEXANS 7 p.m. CBS
Aug. 30 Tennessee Titans 6 p.m. CST
Sept. 9 WASHINGTON REDSKINS Noon Fox
Sept. 16 Carolina Panthers Noon Fox
Sept. 23 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS Noon CBS
Sept. 30 Green Bay Packers 3:25 p.m. Fox
Oct. 7 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 7:30 p.m. NBC
Oct. 14 Open week
Oct. 21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Noon Fox
Oct. 28 Denver Broncos 7:30 p.m. NBC
Nov. 5 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Nov. 11 ATLANTA FALCONS Noon Fox
Nov. 18 Oakland Raiders 3:05 p.m.* Fox
Nov. 25 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 3:25 p.m.* Fox
Nov. 29 Atlanta Falcons 7:30 p.m. NFLN
Dec. 9 New York Giants 3:25 p.m.* Fox
Dec. 16 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Noon* Fox
Dec. 23 Dallas Cowboys Noon* Fox
Dec. 30 CAROLINA PANTHERS Noon* Fox
Home games in bold capital letters
*Subject to NFL flex scheduling