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Sto­ry­line of the week

Re­ceivers depth chart un­cer­tain: In­sta­bil­ity at re­ceiver has been a theme through­out the pre­sea­son, and it con­tin­ued in pre­sea­son Week 3 against the Charg­ers. WR Michael Thomas is still the top dog, and he looked the part by catch­ing both of his tar­gets for a to­tal of 29 yards. But the or­der be­hind Thomas is far from set, with Austin Carr start­ing from the slot ahead of Cameron Mered­ith. A con­tested pass to Ted Ginn Jr. from QB Drew Brees was in­ter­cepted by Charg­ers DB Der­win James.

Rookie watch

First-round DE Mar­cus Davenport saw his first snaps after miss­ing three weeks with a groin in­jury. He split a sack with DT David Onye­mata and made a tackle for loss. RB Bos­ton Scott looked elu­sive on six car­ries for 8 yards and wasn’t brought down for a loss. Third-round WR Tre’Quan Smith had four re­cep­tions for 39 yards and a TD. A fifth catch-and-run for 23 yards was called back due to a hold­ing penalty.

John Sigler, Saints Wire

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