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

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Players to concern New Orleans Saints – No. 1: Kyle Pitts, TE (Falcons)

The most concerning rookie in the NFC South is former Florida standout Kyle Pitts, and it isn’t even close. Simply put, Pitts is a monster and he’s going to destroy any defender who gets in his way, even if he is a rookie.

The Falcons landed the rights to drafting Pitts because they were the fourth-worst team in the league last year and opted not to trade out of that spot. Saints fans were hoping they would so that the team wouldn’t have to figure out a way to defend him twice a year for the next, at least, five years, if not more.

Pitts finished this past season with 43 receptions for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Florida tight end is 6’6″ and 245 pounds and he’s going to be a nuisance in the NFC South this year. The tight ends in this division haven’t been anything to write home about in recent years but Pitts will change that. He’ll easily be one of the top-ranked tight ends by season’s end.

The Saints will have to come up with a good game plan to stop the giant tight end when the Saints face him because otherwise, he has the chance to absolutely take over games. Yes, even as a rookie.

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These three newcomers might not have taken an NFL snap yet but they’re players who the Saints should be worried about whether it’s trying to defend them or trying to make sure they don’t get to the quarterback. The Saints better bring it against these guys.