Why It Doesn’t Matter Who Starts at Cornerback For The New Orleans Saints

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Published: July 17, 2009

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... are in the coach's doghouse. Which players we can expect to see on the field and which players will be riding the bench.

It is a useful tool for coaches to affirm and motivate their players. Fans like myself use depth charts to keep up with our favorite teams and make informed fantasy draft decisions.

Sometimes, though, the depth chart doesn't tell the whole story.

A peek at the most recent Saints' cornerback depth chart shows the following order:

1) Jabari Greer

2) Randall Gay

3) Tracy Porter

4) Malcolm Jenkins

5) Jason David

As expected, Greer sits atop the depth chart. You wouldn't place a guy you've been paying $22 million anywhere else.

Jenkins, this year's first-round draft pick, may be down at number four, but that doesn't mean he's not going to play much.

Here's why: Nickel and dime defenses.

The Saints will likely be in a nickel or dime defense as often as they are in their base 4-3. The ...

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