If someone were to discuss what makes a Super Bowl contender, quarterback, coaching, depth, and defense would likely be mentioned. The Saints have all of those attributes, they can score at will, they have young players like Malcolm Jenkins and Tracy Porter who are seemingly ready for big things, and this is a team that has been there before. I’m not sold on the Eagles yet and if history is any indication, something will hold the Packers back this season. But I look at the Saints and they’re as dangerous as any team — if not the most dangerous.
New tailbacks Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles have both looked terrific so far at New Orleans Saints camp. Ingram has shown a combination of power, shiftiness and breakaway speed. Obviously he hasn’t faced any live tackling yet, but he’s known as a guy who can fight through tackles and keep his legs churning forward.
It marks the first time the Saints will take the field after a playoff loss at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, a postseason setback that has fueled competition at virtually every position in Saints’ training camp. This is the first time since 2003 and the third time overall the Saints have faced the 49ers in the preseason.
Stinchcomb is knocking people off the line of scrimmage, he not only feels stronger, but his teammates can see the difference from last year to this year and he seems to be playing with a vengeance.
I’m particularly interested to see the running backs. With rookie Mark Ingram and veteran Darren Sproles, I think the Saints have a chance to be better in the backfield than they were a year ago. They also have Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory, who is out with an injury right now, but should be back for the regular season.
But if you add those two things together and consider a coach speaking as confidently about his team as any in the league, and that club having championship credentials, it’s enough to make you think, like these guys do, that there could be some awfully big things ahead in New Orleans. Again.
Evans joined in free agency by way of the Patriots to replace Mike Karney in 2009 and immediately contributed to the offense rushing for a touchdown and catching two more in the Saints first six games, but he suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Miami Dolphins and was placed on IR