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.