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3 Saints players who will step up in Emmanuel Sanders absence

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13: Emmanuel Sanders #17 of the New Orleans Saints looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13: Emmanuel Sanders #17 of the New Orleans Saints looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
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Deonte Harris

Would you believe me if I said that Deonte Harris, a Saints receiver, has already made a Pro Bowl? Well, it wasn’t necessarily for his receiving abilities but more his returning abilities. He was a return specialist in his rookie year with the team.

In his rookie year, Harris had six receptions for 24 yards and zero touchdowns. As his sophomore year came and passed, Harris saw an increased tick in plays, targets, receptions, and virtually every other stat.

He up-ticked those stats in his rookie years to 20 receptions for 186 yards and one touchdown in his second year. Now, the team should be moving him up to the No. 3 receiver and he is going to see even more plays than last year. Harris barely saw the field as a receiver last season.

Harris has already shown that he has what it takes. Now, it is one Sean Payton and the offensive coordinator to give him the increased playing time. With Sanders now gone, Harris is going to step up and increase his second-year stats at the same rate.

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