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Saints roster: Did the Saints fill their needs in the 2018 offseason?

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 31: General manager Mickey Loomis of the New Orleans Saints talks to a coach prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 31: General manager Mickey Loomis of the New Orleans Saints talks to a coach prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images) /
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Wide receiver

Wide receiver was not a “need” as much as a want. The Saints did fine offensively with only one major wideout threat. Ted Ginn, Jr.’s play was enough to lift the Saints offensively. But having another serious go to threat was a need, since Willie Snead ended up first in the doghouse, then the outhouse, and now in someone else’s house.

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Cameron Meredith was picked up from the Chicago Bears. He missed all of last season due to injury, but has great upside. The Saints also drafted Tre’Quan Smith, WR from Central Florida. It stands to reason that one of those guys will step up and become that number 3 receiver, maybe even supplant Ginn for a number 2 spot.

The Saints aren’t tremendously deep or wildly talented here but they like what they have. The even resigned Brandon Coleman who, despite having questionable hands and route running skills, is a tremendous blocker downfield.

Linebackers

The Saints didn’t make a ton of LB moves, but the one they did make was solid. Brining in Demario Davis from the Jets adds a dimension the Saints hoped to develop when they drafted Stephone Anthony. They were looking for a sideline to sideline playmaker. They wanted a guy who could shed blocks, thump, and play downhill as well. Davis checks those boxes. The Saints don’t have a Ray Lewis type LB, but with their numbers, they will find solid play.

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