New Orleans Saints: Marching Forward

New Orleans Saints
NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEMBER 4: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints runs the ball during a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 4, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Rams 45-35. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Let’s talk about the New Orleans saints. No Drew Brees anymore, sad to see him go. But, all is not lost Saints fans. I don’t think they are getting past Tampa Bay, so it’s a fight for second place and a wild card spot. It’s a fight they could very well win. Let’s break it down.

So, Taysom or Jameis?

Neither of them. Ian Book is the best QB on the roster. Come on Saints fans, after playing against Jameis Winston twice a year or a while, you know what he is. He is a pick machine. Taysom Hill is great as a do it all player. Not so much for fantasy owners (I learned the hard way), but for the team. Ian Book was drafted from Notre Dame in round four. The kid has it all. If you want more about him and want to know why I feel this way, click here. He is a more complete QB than any of the guys in front of him. There will be some growing pains, but he gives the New Orleans Saints the best chance to win.

The Rest of the Offense

This Alvin Kamara guy is really good at football. We don’t need to focus to much on the running back position for that reason. However, Michael Thomas is a concern right now. He is hurt, and it seems like he butting heads with the organization. Reports say that he didn’t answer the Saints phone calls for three months. Dare I say diva? We’ll see. Without Thomas, Tre’quan Smith and training camp star Marquez Callaway will get way more opportunities. Same with Deonte Harris, but is mainly just a returner. Kawaan Baker probably won’t get involved much. He was drafted in round seven from South Alabama.

It’s Adam Trautman time in the Big Easy. Turn the young tight end loose and see what he can do. Finally, the offensive line. Terron Armstead is back as the left tackle. Maybe for the last time? The rest of the line has only gotten younger. The rest of the line from left to right is made up of Andrus Peat, Erik McCoy, Cesar Ruiz, and Ryan Ramczyk. Look for left tackle being a need in the 2022 draft to complement the other young pieces up front. Landon Young was drafted in the sixth round from Kentucky. He’s the backup right tackle for now. However, he could be a sleeper in house candidate to replace Armstead.

Can The Defense Hold?

The defense was a let down, especially in big moments. In rounds 1-3, the Saints added to each level. Payton Turner was the first round pick from Houston. A surprising move. Turner is not a starter right now in the 4-3 front. Cameron Jordan, Shy Tuttle, Malcolm Roach, and Marcus Davenport are in the trenches. David Onyemata will be unavailable for a while due to suspension. Next up, the linebackers. The best defensive draft addition was second round pick Pete Werner from Ohio State. Werner is a versatile linebacker. He’ll start on the weak side with Demario Davis in the middle, and Kwon Alexander is back on the strong side.

Finally, the secondary. Paulson Adebo was selected in the third round from Stanford. He may be fighting for the nickel spot. However, C.J Gardner-Johnson had the inside track. The current starting secondary is Patrick Robinson, Malcolm Jenkins, Marcus Williams, and Marshon Lattimore. Robinson is 33. If Gardner-Johnson takes his starting spot, Adebo could be in better position to be the nickel. If the New Orleans Saints want to move up the division and get past the second round of the playoffs, they must commit to working with the new players on defense and make the smart decision at QB.

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