Five New Orleans Saints who could be a big team boost in 2016

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Sep 3, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; a New Orleans Saints helmet during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 3, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; a New Orleans Saints helmet during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 29, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Jack Tabb (80) makes a reception as South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker Sharrod Golightly (9) attempts the tackle in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 29, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Jack Tabb (80) makes a reception as South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker Sharrod Golightly (9) attempts the tackle in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports /

In case you forgot, tight end Jack Tabb started the injury train for the New Orleans Saints back in August. Tabb suffered a torn ACL during practice after going up to make a touchdown reception.

Before all of that happened, Tabb was impressing in drills and practice. He was able to get past linebackers and safeties on routes, and was becoming one to watch. The UNC Tar Heels rookie never saw game action, but enters 2016 fully recovered from his injury. It couldn’t come at a better time too, as the Saints face free agency with their three starters: Ben Watson, Josh Hill, and Michael Hoomanawanui.

Tabb isn’t the only tight end on the roster, as RaShaun Allen and Chris Manhertz are currently under contract. However, the good news for Tabb is that the competition looks to be wide open.

Next: P.J. Williams

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