The New Orleans Saints are ready to start training camp at the Greenbriar Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and hope for a successful 2014 season. The only problem is that there will be 90 players fighting for 53 roster spots, and not everyone is going to make it out of West Virginia with a black and gold helmet in their hands.
Some positions are already set in stone as everyone knows that Drew Brees isn't losing his starting quarterback spot any time soon.
There are a number of other battles in Saints' training camp this year though, and they've got to be determined. Three big-time battles will be that of kicker, cornerback and linebacker. It's not a bad thing to have an abundance of talent, but it does make for some difficult decisions.
Veteran Shayne Graham came through big for the Saints last season and hit the game-winning field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles in the playoffs. Unfortunately, he missed both attempts a week later in a loss to the Seahawks.
As of now, Graham has the job and it is his to lose, but 24-year-old Derek Dimke is going to try and take it. Chances are that the Saints will bring in some others to compete for the job as well.
Many thought that Victor Butler would be a starting linebacker for the Saints in 2013, but an ACL injury didn't allow him to play a single down. Now, the Saints have a huge cast of linebackers fighting for spots and it is going to be stiff competition.
Junior Galette is already locked in as a starter, and that means Butler or Parys Haralson could line up with him in the starting rotation. Keyunta Dawson, Ronald Powell, and a host of others will battle for that outside linebacker spot though.
At inside linebacker, Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne have the upper-hand at possible starting, but Ramon Humber and rookie Khairi Fortt are not going to just let them take it.
It's already set in stone that Keenan Lewis is going to start at cornerback on one side of the field, but the opposite starting spot is up for grabs. Corey White stepped in nicely for an injured Jabari Greer last year, but veteran Champ Bailey is in the mix now and he brings a lot of experience and talent.
Patrick Robinson will be back from injury and fighting for the spot as well, along with Rod Sweeting and rookie second-round pick Stanley Jean-Baptiste. It's going to be a tough competition, but the Saints are blessed to have so much depth and talent.