New Orleans Saints’ GM doesn’t see a wide receiver need

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

New Orleans Saints’ general manager, Mickey Loomis, publically stated that he does not see a need at the wide receiver position for the Saints.

There is one thing that is clear — the New Orleans Saints DO have a wide receiver problem. I know that Mickey Loomis is extremely optimistic about the squad that he has and there is nothing wrong with that. However, you can not blatantly neglect a problem.

The New Orleans Saints receiving core currently employs Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Tre’Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood, and Deonte Harris. Harris, though, is mainly used as a special team’s returner, not as a wide receiver.

Here is why the New Orleans Saints have a wide receiver problem.

Michael Thomas had over 100 more receptions than the next closest guy to him — and that was a tight end. If you look at the rank of receptions throughout the entire year, Ted Ginn (who is the New Orleans Saints’ No. 2 receiver) caught fewer passes than the backup running back.

After Michael Thomas, it goes Alvin Kamara (81), Jared Cook (43), and Latavius Murray (34), before you get to another wide receiver. The fact that Michael Thomas saw over 30% of ALL total receptions for the entire team on the year is horrendous to the other receivers.

On top of that, the No. 2 wide receiver was fifth in receptions on the team for the year — the backup running back had more receptions. I hope by now we see that we, indeed, do have a wide receiver problem, and it might just be our biggest need.

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The New Orleans Saints need to take advantage of the NFL Draft in the later rounds and attain another wide receiver. Either that or they need to look into the free agency pool to satisfy a gaping hole on the offensive side of the football.