New Orleans Saints: Lack of wide receivers proving to be massive problem

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

All offseason long we heard about how the New Orleans Saints don’t have proven talent at wide receiver. Fans pushed back on that, claiming that Marquez Callaway would rise to the occasion or that Lil’Jordan Humphrey would surprise some people with his abilities.

Yeah, we haven’t seen any of that through two games.

Despite winning 38-3 in the first game of the season, New Orleans’ wide receivers didn’t help much in that onslaught. Deonte Harris and Chris Hogan scored two of the five touchdowns but otherwise, it was a quiet day for the position.

In the 24-7 loss to Carolina, the wide receivers did very little.

Yes, everyone was bad in this loss, but not having an able wide receiver on the field proved pivotal, as Jameis Winston couldn’t get anything going with his offensive targets.

Winston had just 11 completions and six of them went to receivers for a total of 63 yards. That’s just not going to cut it if the Saints want to win ball games.

Saints wide receivers aren’t pulling their weight through two games.

We heard people stand up for Callaway all offseason and state that he could be a leader on this team yet he only had eight yards in this game and 14 yards in the season opener. He hasn’t been the game-changer we were promised.

Humphrey led the team in receiving yards on Sunday with 27, which all came off of one catch. He’s someone who could pack a punch but hasn’t yet to this point.

There have been some trade rumors surrounding Michael Thomas all offseason but at this point, New Orleans can’t afford to trade their best receiver on the team. He’s the only guy on the roster capable of being a playmaker and trading him would be ridiculous.

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The receivers have to get better because performances like what we’ve seen so far aren’t going to cut it if this team wants to be a playoff contender.