3 New Orleans Saints set to have a breakout season in 2020

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 16: Wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith #10 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates his touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Mercedes Benz Superdome on December 16, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 16: Wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith #10 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates his touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Mercedes Benz Superdome on December 16, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /
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Tre’Quan Smith

For the last two seasons, Tre’Quan Smith had expectations to rise through the ranks, top Ted Ginn Jr., and be the team’s clear-cut No. 2 receiver. That just didn’t happen as he failed to stay healthy and continued to miss time.

Smith put together a few outstanding games his rookie season, but, as aforementioned, struggled to stay on the field and consequently took a major step back in 2019, playing in just 11 games and starting six.

In 2020, the former third-round pick should feel comfortable as the team’s No. 3 receiver, playing behind Emmanuel Sanders and Michael Thomas.

He’ll be facing third-string cornerbacks and that should be an advantage for him. He’ll have to earn Brees’ trust back, but that shouldn’t be too hard if he can find a way to get open. With the upgraded roster and so many threats, Smith will oftentimes be an afterthought.

On a team that’ll utilize him in three-man receiving rotations, Smith will have everything primed for him to have, maybe not an incredible season, but one that warrants him securing a new contract in the near future.

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