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Saints potential No. 2 wide receiver: Tre’Quan Smith

This has been the hope for a few seasons, but the Saints have never made it a reality. Tre’Quan Smith was a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and this needs to be the season he finally breaks out.

Smith has shown high-level potential throughout several games in his first three seasons, but the Saints have always had a more notable receiver in front of him. It’s either been Emmanuel Sanders or Ted Ginn Jr., although Ginn wasn’t necessarily the most-used receiver the team has had.

For Smith, he had four games of over 50 yards last season but still hasn’t managed to top the 157-yard performance he had against the Eagles his rookie season.

Smith had a 68 percent catch rate last season which was at least in the same ballpark as Michael Thomas, who saw his drop under 73 percent for just the second time in his career. He did have an 8 percent drop rate which isn’t anywhere close to Thomas’s 1.8 percent.

Smith had four drops in 50 targets. That could be a problem for Sean Payton, especially if he’s able to get Smith open. That said, I wouldn’t expect the team to move forward with Smith in their No. 2 receiver spot, but it also wouldn’t be shocking if they did.