6 young players that give the New Orleans Saints hope

Leigh Oleszczak
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The New Orleans Saints have several young players who could help this team significantly down the road. Let’s take a look at six of them who give the fans hope for the future.

When putting this list together, I used 25 as the cut-off age for the players. Anyone 25 and under who’s still under team control next year was eligible to be considered a player that gives Saints fans hope moving forward.

The positive thing with this list is that there’s a lot of ripe defensive talent. The bad new is that there were zero playmakers who made the list and that’s something the Saints have to work on this offseason.

Let’s check out the six young players who give fans hope for the future.

6. Blake Gillikin (23)

It was tough to see the Saints part ways with Thomas Morstead over the offseason but turns out, it was for the best.

The Saints clearly believed in Penn State product Blake Gillikin a year ago, as they opted to keep him around last year despite having Morstead as their punter. Gillikin has taken to his role quite well and has oftentimes been the brightest spot of the team in games this year.

After getting gypped and not winning the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in October, the Saints punter was awarded an even better title for the month of October, as he was crowned NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for his efforts.

Punters typically only get attention when they do something wrong but that hasn’t been the case with Gillikin. He’s been getting heaped with a ton of praise and for good reason. The Saints’ special teams unit is in good shape with Gillikin at the helm and he’s only 23 years old, not turning 24 until January. He’ll be the punter for New Orleans for hopefully the next decade.