How the Saints can address their receiving corps to help Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston is going to be back on the field for the New Orleans Saints, but they need to bring in a better receiving corps for him to thrive.
It didn’t take long for the Saints to demonstrate their plans at the quarterback position.
Just hours into the legal tampering period, the team agreed to a one-year contract with Jameis Winston.
The contract, which comes with a base salary of $5.5 million and can be worth up to $12 million based on incentive, is excellent value, especially when other free-agent quarterbacks (Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor) received similar, if not greater contracts.
With Sean Payton calling the plays, a strong offensive line, and a No. 1 receiver in Michael Thomas, there is a strong infrastructure in place for Winston to succeed.
At the same time, after releasing veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders, there is reason to be concerned about the receiving depth behind Thomas. As a passer, Winston likes to stretch the ball down the field, as he has generally led the league in average depth of target.
Thomas can be the sure-handed intermediate target for him, but do the Saints have the overall speed and big-play ability to support Winston? If not, who are options for them to target? Let us take a closer look!