NEW ORLEANS, LA — After the retirement of Drew Brees and departure of their leading receiver Emmanuel Sanders, New Orleans Saints is in a bad spot. The team did not add any receivers during free agency or early in the draft, and they only got Kawaan Baker in the seventh round of the draft, and this puts pressure on them this season.
Michael Thomas is the only reliable wide receiver, but only due to lack of competition. Thomas recorded 40 receptions and 438 receiving yards, and only played seven games last season due to an ankle injury. Thomas isn't likely to be traded and will be the cornerstone of the Saints's passing offense. Other than him, none of the other pass-catchers have lived up to their potential.
The depth of the New Orleans Saints' receiver depth is concerning. Ben Linsey from PFF said, "The receiving depth behind Michael Thomas will likely mean that he will see 2019 levels of target share. In that 2019 season, Thomas single-handedly recorded over fifty percent of the team’s receptions and receiving yards coming from the wide receiver and tight end positions—a statistical outlier when comparing across the remainder of the NFL. Secondary options headlined by Tre’Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway and Adam Trautman mean a similar performance may be necessary this season."
When Linsey mentioned Smith, Callaway and Trautman, he's referring to them as people who don't contribute to the group project. Although there are other pass-catcher options for the New Orleans Saints, such as Garret Griffin, Ethan Wolf and Dylan Soehner, it does not look good on paper. This leaves Thomas to carry all the responsibility.
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