New Orleans Saints only have themselves to blame for WR situation
The past few days have been a whirlwind for the New Orleans Saints, particularly at the wide receiver position. Michael Thomas is going to miss a chunk of time this season and that puts the Saints in a major bind moving forward because Thomas is the only decent receiver they have on the roster.
It’s an unfortunate situation to be in, but as the title indicates, the Saints can’t blame anyone but themselves for the spot they find themselves in right now.
The Saints have been searching for a No. 2 wide receiver for quite some time now but haven’t been searching all that hard. They had a decent option in Emmanuel Sanders already on the roster but released him to save money.
After doing that, the Saints could have signed someone in free agency but failed to do so. They also ignored the position in the draft until the seventh and final round when they took Kawaan Baker. Nothing against Baker but he’s not going to be an explosive option in this offense but someone like Elijah Moore or Terrace Marshall was on the table in the first round.
The New Orleans Saints didn’t make wide receiver a priority and now they’re paying the price.
The Saints knew that Thomas was coming off an injury-riddled season and yet they did nothing to address the depth (or lack of depth, if we’re being honest) throughout the offseason.
Perhaps they believe that Tre’Quan Smith can make a massive leap in a contract year. Maybe they truly believe Marquez Callaway is going to elevate their offense. Perhaps they’re optimistic that Juwan Johnson’s position change will benefit them in a big way.
Whatever their reasons were, the Saints can’t blame anyone else for the hole they now have to dig themselves out of. There’s still time to make it right whether that’s trading for someone like Michael Gallup or whoever else is a big enough name to make a blockbuster deal for or signing one of the few decent free agents remaining on the market.
Bringing someone in who can make an actual impact for this offense would change things for the Saints but until they do that, they can’t be angry at anyone for the situation they find themselves in. Hopefully, Smith and Callaway become a dangerous duo but for now, it’s understandable for the fans to be frustrated with the situation at hand.