New Orleans Saints: 6 takeaways after the first day in pads
New Orleans Saints Training Camp Takeaways
5. Kawaan Baker had a nice day
The Saints shockingly waited until the final round of the draft to address a nagging need at wide receiver. They did so with South Alabama’s Kawaan Baker, who could end up surprising people this year despite being a seventh-round rookie.
Baker stood out to John Hendrix, who noted that the rookie “had a pretty good day”. He mentions that Baker made some impressive catches and this is especially important considering how poorly the quarterbacks performed on the first day of padded practices (more on that later).
Most seventh-round rookies aren’t looked at as being important pieces for their team, but Baker stepped into a situation where he’ll be counted on to make the most of his targets. He might be a rookie who hasn’t taken an NFL snap but the Saints are desperate for production at wide receiver, so if Baker can continue to thrive in training camp, there’s a good chance he plays a major role on this team when the season gets underway next month.