New Orleans Saints: 5 players who need to step up in 2020

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 05: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints in the huddle during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 05, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 05: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints in the huddle during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 05, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /
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Tre’Quan Smith, wide receiver

It is no secret that the wide receiver position was the weakest of the starting positions last year for the Saints. Tre’Quan Smith was not ready to be counted on as a No. 2 receiver, but the Saints are giving him a chance to continue to develop.

They went out and signed Emmanuel Sanders to take his spot as the every-down starting wide receiver. That means that Smith can now shift over to the No. 3 receiver and play the majority with Sanders and Thomas.

This will be vital to Smith’s forecast for his career. He will not have any pressure on him to perform, but he needs to do better than he has in the last couple of seasons. We need to see him improve, even if it is just a little.

Smith should aim for 30 receptions and over 500 yards with 6 touchdowns. Those would all be career highs for the third-year receiver. If he can achieve those, there is a good chance the offense is showcasing its talent.

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