Saints: Lil’Jordan Humphrey can benefit from Michael Thomas injury

Lil'Jordan Humphrey #84 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Lil'Jordan Humphrey #84 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

As the New Orleans Saints are forced to start the regular season without Michael Thomas, they’re now in a situation where they might have to roll with the guys on their roster instead of making a huge trade for someone.

While trading for a superstar is the ideal scenario, the Saints don’t have the money to dish out to a star player right now, which puts them in a bind for sure.

When looking at the guys on the Saints’ roster, someone who is often overlooked is Lil’Jordan Humphrey. While his name is certainly an attention-grabber, Humphrey hasn’t gotten much buzz since he joined the Saints following the 2019 season. He went undrafted out of Texas and found his way to New Orleans, where he’s spent the past two seasons.

Humphrey didn’t do anything his rookie year but caught three passes during the 2020 season, totaling 46 yards and his first career touchdown. Normally, fans wouldn’t be looking to Humphrey and expecting any kind of production from him this year but now that Michael Thomas is slated to miss an extended amount of time, Humphrey could be a surprising factor in the offense this year.

Keep an eye on Lil’Jordan Humphrey this year, Saints fans.

While he hasn’t had a chance to prove himself much to this point, Humphrey has shown that he can be an explosive receiver. He was a game-changer for the Texas Longhorns in 2018, catching 86 passes for 1,176 yards and nine touchdowns through 14 games. He was electric in Austin during the 2018 season and that’s exactly why the Saints shouldn’t give up on this guy.

The Saints don’t have much to write home about at the wide receiver position and they only have themselves to blame for that. The locks to make the roster are Tre’Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, and Deonte Harris but look for Humphrey to make a splash in training camp and preseason.

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At this point, the Saints will take any kind of positive production from their receivers, and if Humphrey wants to be the guy that takes a massive step this year, awesome! The Saints already added Chris Hogan out of desperation and while fans want to see them bring someone else in, if they don’t, guys like Humphrey are going to have to step up and show they belong on this roster.