NFC South receivers looked at favorably, no thanks to the Saints
Even though the New Orleans Saints don’t have a great situation at their wide receiver position, the rest of the NFC South has quite the group there. As a result, the division was ranked as the second-best when it comes to the wide receiver talent, but the Saints didn’t play much of a factor in putting them there.
Jared Dubin of CBS Sports ranked every division by wide receiver talent and had the NFC South No. 2. Here’s what he had to say:
"If Julio Jones were still in this division, it would be No. 1 again. But this is looking like a much thinner group than it was a year ago, when Jones was in Atlanta and Samuel was in Carolina. Still, the Bucs have two stars, one potential game-breaker who is a big question mark, and very strong depth. Ridley is outstanding. Moore and Anderson are very good starters with the potential to be even better than that if they can get better QB play. Thomas brings a combination of volume and efficiency that is nearly unmatched in the league."
Dubin didn’t touch on the Saints until the final sentence of his write-up, proving that he’s not really looking at their group when making this decision. Michael Thomas is easily one of the best wide receivers in the league but he’s the only one on the Saints who’s really made a name for himself.
Tre’Quan Smith has disappointed since being a third-round pick in 2018 while Marquez Callaway is a UDFA heading into his second year and Kawaan Baker is a seventh-round rookie. Not exactly a great group right there.
The Saints aren’t the reason the NFC South is ranked high when it comes to receiver talent.
The Buccaneers have one of the best receiver rooms in the entire league and they rode that all the way to the Super Bowl last year. I know it’s popular to pick on the Falcons, but they’ve always made sure to have a strong group of receivers. Even after shipping Julio Jones off to Tenneessee, the Falcons are still in good shape at the position. Lastly, the Panthers have Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore, two sneaky-good players.
It’s time for the Saints receivers to prove that they’re better than people think. Someone needs to step up and claim that No. 2 wide receiver job and they need to hold onto it throughout the course of the season. Nobody did that last year and the Saints failed to address the position over the offseason.
Not only that but this list signifies just how difficult the division will be this year on the offensive side of the ball. These receivers can ball out.