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At last, the New Orleans Saints have a punt/kick returner. 

The New Orleans Saints and Who Dat Dish personally welcome WR Ted Ginn Jr. to the Black and Gold. 

What Addressing This Position Means for the Saints:

I can’t stress enough how badly the Saints NEEDED to bring in someone to help in returning kicks and punts for the team. It’s been quite evident that the Saints have needed this position filled for some time. Those Special Teams woes that have plagued the team finally look like they’re getting the attention they deserve.

Addressing this position does WONDERS for the Saints. This acquisition not only provides opportunities for the Saints to start drives farther down the field, but it actually provides opportunities for the Saints to score from other than someone named Drew Brees and Mark Ingram.

TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 01: Ted Ginn Jr. #19 of the Carolina Panthers looks on during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Panthers 17-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 01: Ted Ginn Jr. #19 of the Carolina Panthers looks on during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Panthers 17-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

What Ted Ginn Jr. Brings to the Saints: 

Ted Ginn Jr. honestly brings more than most would expect to New Orleans. Ginn has the veteran experience (turns 32 in April) matched with general speed and playmaking ability to make him a solid addition to the Big Easy. As a receiver, Ginn has a career so far of 309 receptions for 4,285 yards, and 25 touchdowns through 4 teams.

During his transition time from his former college Ohio State to the NFL, Ginn produced pretty good numbers at the combine including an incredibly fast 4.28 40 yard dash time. If this tells anyone reading this anything, it’s that despite Ginn’s miscues in the past—such as dropped passes—Ginn is a very quick veteran with experience. I’m sure he’ll enjoy catching passes from the future Hall of Fame QB, Drew Brees.

Now, Ginn is a return specialist. He’s no doubt slated to start as both the kick and punt returner. Ginn’s general speed, athleticism, and versatility, not to mention his experience in the NFL, will finally give New Orleans it has badly lacked during years prior.

What this Acquisition Means for the Team Going Forward: 

The New Orleans Saints now have a dynamic experienced veteran that will have opportunities not only to catch passes from Drew Brees but to score points as a return specialist in Black and Gold.

The next addition I take a look at what athlete was brought in to help complete a solid trio of players for the Saints. 

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