The New Orleans Saints parted ways with Emmanuel Sanders this offseason and that now leaves a big hole at the No. 2 wide receiver spot. Michael Thomas is obviously the No. 1 option but as we saw last season, when he gets injured, there needs to be someone else who steps in and can be a reliable target.
Let’s take a look at the three likely options to be the Saints’ No. 2 receiver this season.
Saints WR2 Candidates – No. 3: Kawaan Baker
The Saints drafted just one receiver this year and it didn’t happen until the seventh round when they nabbed Kawaan Baker out of South Alabama. Who Dat Dish’s own Mervin Walls wrote how Baker could very well be the steal of the draft, noting,
"During his time at South Alabama, Baker hauled in 1,829 yards receiving, 16 touchdowns with an average of 14 yards per reception. At 6’1″ and 210 pounds, Baker displayed electrifying playmaking ability using speed and athleticism to find the end zone."
This past season, Baker hauled in 51 receptions for 659 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 12.9 yards per reception. He was a force for the Jaguars and now looks to bring that explosiveness to the Saints’ offense.
It won’t be easy for Baker to climb his way up to the No. 2 wide receiver job as a seventh-round pick, but considering the success that Marquez Callaway — who went undrafted a year ago — has had in this same offense, anything is possible.