The New Orleans Saints knew they needed additional depth on their roster, but they failed to do so at the league’s trade deadline.
Now, if Marshon Lattimore misses any time, it could force the New Orleans Saints into uncomfortable situations. Considered week-by-week, this is just one way the Saints messed up at the NFL’s trade deadline.
There were ample opportunities for the Saints to improve prior to the October 29 deadline. However, they decided not to make any moves. They knew that both their cornerbacks and receivers were top-heavy positions and did nothing to alter that.
If Michael Thomas goes down, the Saints receiving corp instantly turns to one of the league’s worst. That’s a similar situation with the team’s cornerbacks, a unit lead by former Buckeye Marshon Lattimore.
Without Lattimore, the Saints immediately gave up a 54-yard strike to Julio Jones. Now, with Mike Evans on the horizon, the Saints secondary will be tested time and time again, and it may not be a pretty sight.
The Rams, the reigning NFC Champions, improved.
They brought in Jalen Ramsey because they knew their secondary wasn’t worthy of a Super Bowl run. Well, without Lattimore, neither is New Orleans. After a pitiful performance against the then 1-7 Falcons, we don’t know if New Orleans at-large is still worthy of a top seed in the NFC.
Logan Ryan, a player that the Saints could’ve traded for without completely breaking the bank, would’ve played a huge role in the next few weeks. At corner, unlike at wide receiver, there isn’t a former All-Pro recovering from an injury wanting on a Super Bowl contender.
Eli Apple has been acceptable this season. After a rough start, he’d shown improvement as the weeks continued. However, as the Saints No. 1 cornerback for the time being, one of the NFC’s best team is opening themselves up to being extremely susceptible to big-play receivers.
All this could’ve been taken care of had the Saints pulled the trigger on a few trade deadline-day moves. They didn’t, and the team likely won’t make a move to fill his void on the free agency market.