Over the course of last season and this one, we have had a lot to say about Tre’Quan Smith. He has had a glimpse of stardom, but then he goes and doesn’t have a catch for another three games, making us question if he can ever be a wide receiver No. 1 or 2.
He has been quiet most of this year, but he has had a couple of games where he flashed, although those are seldom. However, when he does, it is worth noting and this game was one where Sean Payton could look and see he got what he wanted out of Smith.
Smith only had three receptions, but he did go for 42 yards and a touchdown. The biggest thing about this showing is that you could see the possibility of Smith being a burner down the field. His longest catch was for 21 yards.
He was targeted the second-most on the team behind only Michael Thomas who we expected to go off for nine receptions and 105 yards. Smith also caught the first touchdown of the game and one of only two that Hill threw on Sunday.
This was one of Smith’s best games all season.