New Orleans Saints: Welcome to the show, Juwan Johnson

Juwan Johnson #83 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Juwan Johnson #83 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints clobbered the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in a game that people didn’t give them any chance whatsoever in. While not the star of the game per se, the Saints had a guy step up who not many might have anticipated doing just that.

Juwan Johnson was a wide receiver last year who was relatively unknown. This offseason, New Orleans made the decision to move him to tight end, and boy, has it paid off or what?

Johnson clearly had chemistry with Jameis Winston during the preseason and that carried over into the regular season.

Winston, as we all know, finished the day with five touchdowns in his debut as the Saints starting quarterback and two of those went to the man, the myth, the legend Juwan Johnson.

Johnson had three catches for 21 yards and two scores in his first game of the 2021 season, showcasing what he can do in this Saints offense.

In comparison, the starting tight end, Adam Trautman, had three catches for 18 yards. Advantage: Johnson.

Juwan Johnson is going to be a threat in the New Orleans Saints offense

People didn’t know who Johnson was before this game took place but they do now. The tight end continued to be Winston’s right-hand man and that was proven with his two touchdown grabs.

I wrote a few weeks ago about how Johnson could be the starting tight end in New Orleans and does that really sound farfetched now? No, it does not.

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This was only one game for the Saints but Johnson did what he needed to do to show that he belongs and can kick butt for Sean Payton and the rest of the team.