New Orleans Saints roster starting to take shape, showing clear strengths

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Free agency and the draft are now a thing of the past, and we’re finally starting to see the strengths of this New Orleans Saints roster.

The New Orleans Saints had a mere four draftees after entering the 2020 NFL draft with five picks, and after an active free agency and a stellar draft, the team is finally starting to see where their strengths lie.

They have solved basically ever need that they entered the offseason with.

The only concerning part of their roster now should be their defensive line as multiple players went out late last season with season-ending injuries, and they didn’t bolster it too much in the draft. Cornerback depth could also be an issue as well.

However, Cam Jordan and Marcus Davenport, two elite rushers, if healthy, create one of the best duos in the league. Aside from their line, the Saints added depth at every position either in free agency or the draft.

For now, the Saints offensive line will be a huge strength, as will almost every position for what should be one of the NFL’s top offenses.

After the bulk of the team’s 2019 playoff loss to Minnesota was blamed on the line, the team went out and secured Cesar Ruiz with their first-round pick. The crazier part is while there may still be some shaking up, Ruiz may not enter Day 1 as a starter.

Helping to bolster their line, Ruiz will help reassure head coach Sean Payton that 2019 will not repeat itself.

Continuing the trend of bolstering their offense, the Saints also went out and added Emmanuel Sanders, a much-needed second-string wide receiver.  He was the missing piece to the team’s wide receiver corps.

Furthering the satisfying of their needs, the team picked up tight end Adam Trautman in the draft, solidifying their tight end role. Jared Cook is aging and will be their starter, but Trautman will play a key role.

On the defensive side of the ball, the team picked up Malcolm Jenkins and then re-signed a D.J. Swearinger. They also brought back Patrick Robinson. With Zach Baun to assistance in the middle of the field, they’ve added depth at every position aside from replacing Eli Apple’s spot at corner.

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This team has continued its aggressive trend of preparing a Super Bowl-caliber team to help Drew Brees take them to the next level.