Training Camp Preview: Saints

Biggest Question Mark: Pierre Thomas
Despite rushing for over 100 yards just once, Thomas was arguable one of the most productive running backs in the game. But is he capable of taking on a bigger role? The loss of Mike Bell means Thomas will be asked to take on a more prominent role in the offense.

Jan. 16, 2010 - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES - epa01991482 New Orleans Saint Pierre Thomas (L) gets tackled by Arizona Cardinal Calais Campbell (R) in the second quarter of their playoff National Football League game at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA 16 January 2010. The Saint beat the Cardinals 45 to 14, advancing to the NFC Championship next week.

Is Thomas ready to take on a larger role in the Saints offense?

Position Battle to Watch: Strong-Side Linebacker
Scott Fujita was a mediocre linebacker for the Saints in 2009. He’s now in Cleveland and the Saints didn’t make any significant attempts to replace him. As a result, JoLonn Dunbar and Clint Ingram will battle for the starting job. In neither player steps up, the position could be a significant weakness for the Saints.

Impact Rookie: Jimmy Graham
Graham enters camp penciled in as the third-string tight end, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have a significant impact on the field. Graham’s athleticism allows the Saints to draw up plays that neither Jeremy Shockey nor David Thomas are capable of running. If used in isolated situations, Graham could be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.

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