Another day, another wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints to target. What’s new?
The Saints wideouts were nowhere to be found in Sunday’s disappointing loss to the New York Giants, and part of the reason could be Sean Payton calling questionable plays that involved his favorite pet, Taysom Hill.
But for the better part of the game, Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harris, and Ty Montgomery hardly scratched the surface. Callaway had the best game of the bunch with 74 receiving yards catching all two of his targets, but he failed to register any scores and continues to be inconsistent in the Saints’ offense.
The Saints’ passing game needs work, which is a horse that has been nearly beaten to death since the beginning of the season.
Jameis Winston is slowly growing into his position and becoming a decent quarterback of his own right, but as the season progresses, he’ll need reliable targets, and tight end Juwan Johnson won’t cut it either. Johnson’s touchdown on Sunday might have given him the TE1 job, but New Orleans can’t reasonably rely on an unpracticed tight end to haul in yardage.
The Saints might have a short-term answer in Arizona Cardinals WR Andy Isabella.
Compared to the Saints’ WR room, the Cardinals have more quality wide receivers than they know what to do with. DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, Rondale Moore, and Christian Kirk have all plugged and played out wide faultlessly, each getting good yardage and occasional big scoring days in the rotation.
New Orleans Saints should consider trading for Cardinals’ WR Andy Isabella
With six wideouts in total on the depth chart, does Arizona really need Andy Isabella?
Isabella is currently the projected WR5 for the Cardinals, which places him in the “versatile special-teams caliber” category. But Isabella is young and far too talented to be relegated to situational duties.
This is the 24-year-old’s third year in Arizona, yet it was a surprise when the Cardinals decided to keep him around in 2021. In his rookie year, Isabella played 15 games, catching nine passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. He hasn’t really upped his production since, and while he may be considered an afterthought on the Cardinals’ bench, he could potentially jump in to WR3 in the Saints lineup.
Ty Montgomery has done so little this season that it’s hard to remember he’s still a part of this team. If Isabella wants to see more of the field (and what young wideout wouldn’t), heading over to a receiver-ravaged team like New Orleans could ignite his career.
Note the wording: ignite his career, not revive it. Isabella hasn’t proven to be a consistent or productive wide receiver in Arizona, and he’s definitely less experienced than other veteran options.
Taking a chance on a prospect like Isabella doesn’t seem like the kind of propositions Sean Payton is fond of. Throw Taysom Hill in for a wacky and insanely high-pressure trick play, sure, but invest in a young wideout talent? He would probably pass.
The idea is still worth entertaining, at least until the Saints improve their passing game. Payton already sabotaged Winston’s opportunity to shine against the Giants. If the Saints continue the season with their current wide receiver lineup, they may be inadvertently setting Winston up to fail.
And no, relying on Michael Thomas’ glorious comeback is not the answer to their problems.