The unofficial depth chart on the New Orleans Saints website has the entire defense, the entire special teams, and 10 of the 11 offensive positions filled out. The lone empty position? Center.
That’s because 2007 St. Clair graduate Tim Lelito and veteran Jonathan Goodwin appear to be locked in quite the position battle this summer as the Saints search for their starting center.
Goodwin, who signed in the offseason, played with the Saints’ first-team offense during the team’s second preseason game last week.
But according to Nola.com, it was Lelito who took all of the first-team snaps during Sunday’s practice.
Lelito also earned the starting reps for the Saints at center in their first preseason game against the St. Louis Rams.
The Saints have left the mountains of West Virginia, where they avoided the Gulf Coast heat by holding their preseason camp at The Greenbrier, a posh resort.
They play their third preseason game Saturday at Indianapolis.
Goodwin has a history with the Saints, having played there from 2006-10. He started on the team’s Super Bowl title team five seasons ago.
Lelito is entering his second season with the Saints, having been picked up as an undrafted free agent a year ago. He worked his way onto the 53-man roster and started two games for New Orleans.
Another former Blue Water Area star also is in an NFL camp.
Brandon Kay, a 2008 Marine City graduate, is with the Pittsburgh Steelers at their camp in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
Kay has not taken a snap in the Steelers’ first two preseason games, as he sits behind Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski and Landry Jones on the team’s unofficial depth chart.
Roethlisberger is solidly entrenched as the team’s starter, and Gradkowski as its backup, leaving Jones and Kay to fight for a third spot on the roster.
Jones was 2-of-5 for 53 yards and an interception in the Steelers’ 19-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills this past Saturday. In the team’s first preseason game, a 20-16 loss against the New York Giants, Jones saw the majority of the action in the game, going 11-of-21 for 74 yards.
Kay was an undrafted free agent for the Steelers, who play their third preseason game Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles.