Saints Receiving Core Review

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Nov 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates with wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) after a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the third quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Rams 49-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints continue to show that they have a strong, wide receiver core game after game. In the Saints game vs. the Vikings in week one of the preseason on Friday the Saints receiving core showed up and played some excellent football.

The rookie out of Texas, Lil’ Jordan Humphrey, was the leading receiver with two receptions but 42 yards and a touchdown. Alvin Kamara showed he is one of the best receiving backs in the game with two receptions on one drive. Dan Arnold, a young tight end, caught two passes for 27 yards and a touchdown. The game ended for him on a negative note as a pass from Taysom Hill went through his arms for a pick-six. He went undrafted in the 2017 draft but signed to saints and is looking to make plays.
These guys are just young players hoping to make an NFL roster before the season.

Michael Thomas, who recently got a new contract, is also on the Saints receiving core and is making big plays. In 2018, Michael Thomas had 125 receptions for nine touchdowns and a whopping 1405 yards. He also gave fantasy owners 190.5 points so that he might be a need in drafts this season. Thomas, in his career, has a total of 321 receptions, 23 touchdowns and 3787 yards in 3 seasons. He has accumulated over 500 fantasy points in those three years as well. As he just signed a new five-year deal, he has many years left on the Saints and will show he is a top receiver.

As talented as Michael Thomas is, a team can not only have one receiver and be successful. Ted Ginn Jr. is also a player that the Saints will utilize. Ginn started the 2018 season with an injury and came in late in the season. He used the five games he played in to show he still has it as an old receiver. Ted Ginn is a speed demon and can get past corners and get open reasonably quickly. In those five games, he caught 17 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns for an excellent average of 12.3 yards per catch.

Another young player making an impact for the Saints is Tre’Quan Smith. Smith is going into the second year of his rookie contract and is looking like a good pick. He was taken 91st overall in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL draft. As a rookie, Tre’Quan produced 15.3 yards per catch. He played in 15 games during the season and provided veteran-like stats. Smith caught 28 passes for 427 yards and five touchdowns.

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