Saints continue to lose depth at wide receiver and cornerback

Ken Crawley #20 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Ken Crawley #20 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints were dealt a bad blow ahead of their Week 1 matchup against the Green Bay Packers when it was announced that Ken Crawley and Tre’Quan Smith would be placed on injured reserve.

This is horrible news for NOLA, as they’re incredibly thin at both of these positions already. The Saints traded for Bradley Roby earlier this week to help shore up the cornerback position, but he’s suspended for Week 1.

With Crawley out, it’ll be up to rookie Paulson Adebo to come in and pack a punch in the secondary. Marshon Lattimore is currently on the injured list as well, so the Saints cornerback situation could be as bad as it gets when Sunday’s game rolls around.

As for Smith’s injury, he’s been out of the action since early on in training camp when he injured himself. There were high expectations for Smith this year but Marquez Callaway has overshadowed him in training camp and will be the WR1 moving forward.

Saints get thinner at cornerback and wide receiver.

This is not the news New Orleans wanted to hear heading into the weekend and now a win against the Packers will be even trickier. Aaron Rodgers could potentially be going up against a depleted secondary and the defense might be able to zero in on Callaway and Kamara and have that be enough to curb-stomp the Saints.

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While the Saints are still talented, these were two positions they couldn’t afford to lose anyone at. A tough situation got even tougher.