When we talk about the New Orleans Saints, there are usually only good things that can be said.
Looking back at last season, nobody points any blame to them for their loss to the Rams, as they prefer to look at the PI on Nickell Robey-Coleman that went uncalled, and look to that as the turning point.
The Saints had the ball in OT against the Rams and could not do anything with it. Their defense let them down. Time for a new season.
New Orleans Saints Offense
Drew Brees comes in despite his old age, as one of the best gunslingers in the league. His numbers were down last year as a result of blowouts and a run-heavy type of offense. They went away from it pretty early most times, and so that’s how it went down. He is still in prime shape with a terrific O-Line protecting him as best they can.
With Alvin Kamara coming back as the starting back and Mark Ingram now in Baltimore, there is a slight void there. Latavius Murray was the one chosen to come in and replace Ingram, but does not bring the same burst or ability to run with power.
Dwayne Washington is coming in as the third back, but if things work out as expected, the main two will be able to do their jobs effectively enough.
And at the receiver spot they have one of the best in the game, the first-ever $100 million man. Michael Thomas is the clear leader of this group, with some solid guys around him who fit the system well.
Division-II standout Deonte Harris officially made the team, and could get a few deep-ball looks from Brees this season. Jared Cook should be a welcome addition at tight end.
New Orleans Saints Defense
They are starting to build something special up front, and got instantly better last week. In a surprise move from the Dolphins, they shipped Kiko Alonso to New Orleans, upgrading the MLB position immediately.
They brought in Malcolm Brown and AJ Klein, while Sheldon Rankins continues to tear it up. Demario Davis proved valuable last year too.
In the secondary, they continue to improve, and should get a big boost from Eli Apple as he enters his first full year in the Big Easy.
Marshon Lattimore and PJ Williams continue to get better, while Marcus Williams and Vonn Bell look to do the same.
New Orleans Saints Special Teams
They remain all set at the kicker position in an ever-changing landscape at the position with the confident Wil Lutz sending them through the uprights.
Be on the lookout for former Assumption College (D-II) star Deonte Harris, who will get some opporutnities to return kicks this year.
New Orleans Saints Preview
The expectations should remain the same for this group. Super Bowl or bust. They have not made it to the big dance since winning it in 2009, but