New Orleans Saints: 5 biggest concerns through 2 weeks of 2021 season

Leigh Oleszczak
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It’s been a tale of two teams when it comes to the New Orleans Saints two weeks into the 2021 season. Week 1 was an incredible 38-3 blowout win over the Packers but unfortunately, Week 2 saw the team banged up, without eight coaches, and guilty of reading their own press clippings from their season opener.

As a result of the two completely opposite games from NOLA, figuring out this team is difficult. Then again, we’re two weeks into the season and that’s to be expected.

After the first week, there wasn’t much to be concerned about, as the Saints looked good in all facets of the game. Week 2 gave us plenty to worry about, however, and that’s what we’re going to look at in this article.

Here are the five biggest concerns through two games.

5. Lack of rookie contributions

In Week 1, only one Saints rookie took the field and it was third-round cornerback Paulson Adebo, who had a nice game. Adebo recorded his first interception and played well against what’s supposedly a very good Packers offense.

Week 2 was a different story, sadly. Adebo was picked on throughout the game and didn’t look anywhere near as good in his second NFL game.

Payton Turner didn’t play in Week 1 and instead made his debut in Week 2, playing well. He had some flags thrown his way, which is less than ideal but all in all, he contributed.

Still, we’ve yet to see second-rounder Pete Werner, who would be a welcomed addition right now with Kwon Alexander’s injury and Zack Baun not playing well. We need more from the Saints rookie class.