The New Orleans Saints will have more starting battles than usual when they open training camp on July ?? at their practice facility in Metairie, Louisiana. They will have at least eight new starters in 2021 after quarterback Drew Brees retired and several others became salary-cap casualties. The Saints did, however, make it a priority to retain most of their elite players while aiming for a fifth straight NFC South title. Here's a 53-man roster projection:
The biggest question here (and on the entire roster) is whether Winston or Hill will earn top billing as New Orleans' first new starting quarterback in 16 years. But it will also be interesting to see if the Saints elect to keep four quarterbacks. Sean Payton has talked up veteran backup Trevor Siemian a few times this offseason, and the Saints might want to have Siemian available on game days if they don't feel that rookie fourth-round draft pick Book is ready and they want to keep using Hill in his versatile QB/RB/TE/WR role.