New Orleans Saints: 3 stats from Week 9 that were inexcusable

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Saints stats that were inexcusable — Drops

Saint receivers accounted for seven drops on Sunday. That is simply inexcusable. Trevor Siemian is a relatively inexperienced quarterback, and having unreliable options is a killer.

Long gone are the days of Michael Thomas (due to injury), Brandin Cooks, and even Willie Snead. Replaced by the likes of Kenny Stills (who is on his second stint with the organization), Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris, this group of pass-catchers doesn’t have the luxury of being able to drop balls, especially with an untested young quarterback at the helm.

Despite the drops, the Saints were still able to come back and nearly pull the game out. Also, it’s not as if the receiver group is devoid of talent. Harris is a 5’6″ speedster that can take the top off the defense, while Calloway is a fine intermediate option. Kenny Stills has been around the league enough to bring some veteran stability as well.

Watching tape of the game, most of the drops were very catchable balls. These grabs simply must be made to take the pressure of an inexperienced quarterback group and maximize every offensive possession.