New Orleans Saints: 3 new players in NFC South to worry about in 2021

New Orleans Saints (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
New Orleans Saints (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /
1 of 3
New Orleans Saints
Washington Huskies linebacker Joe Tryon (9) -Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports /

This year will be an interesting one for the New Orleans Saints, as they transition into life without Drew Brees. They had a glimpse of what that life would look like the past two years, as Brees missed an extended period of time in both seasons, paving the way to Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill to start for the Saints.

While the Saints are trying to make the best of their new look, the other three teams in the NFC South are hoping this is the year they can pry the division away from New Orleans. We all know that the Buccaneers went on to win the Super Bowl despite not winning the division and they’ve brought back pretty much all of their Super Bowl-winning roster.

All three teams added legitimate threats in the draft though that the Saints should be worried about this year. Let’s take a look at the NFC South rookies who the Saints need to worry about the most in 2021.

Players to concern New Orleans Saints – No. 3: Joe Tryon, EDGE (Buccaneers)

With the final pick of the first round, the Bucs added to their Super Bowl-winning defense with Joe Tryon out of Washington. This was the same defense that made Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes run for his life in Super Bowl LV and they got even better with the addition of Tryon.

The Washington EDGE rusher opted out of the 2020 season so he hasn’t played since 2019 but he impressed enough to still be a first-round pick. Tryon had eight sacks along with 12.5 tackles for loss that year and is going to make the Bucs defense better than it was a year ago.

New Orleans has one of the best offensive lines in football and that’s going to make things trickier for Tryon when it comes to getting after the quarterback, but he’s still a player this team should be concerned about in 2021.