3 of the worst things we saw from the NOLA Saints 2021 season

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What weapons?

The Saints entered the 2021 season knowing they didn’t have any legitimate wide receiver options despite Michael Thomas being slated to miss the first chunk of the season. They hitched their wagon to an eventual Thomas return and when he didn’t come back, the team was pretty much screwed from then on.

The leading receiver for New Orleans this season was Marquez Callaway, who had 698 yards with six touchdowns, which also led the team. Callaway had a lot of unfair expectations placed on him to start the year considering he was undrafted a year ago and now was expected to be the WR1 in the offense. A lot of Callaway’s production came in the final few weeks of the season.

Deonte Harris was second in receiving yards with 540 and he missed four games. The return specialist was at one point the WR1 in the offense and that’s how you know the position isn’t looking so hot.

Tre’Quan Smith was entering a key contract season but failed to do much. He finished his fourth pro season with just 377 yards and three touchdowns, which was a major disappointment considering he was once supposed to be the WR2 for this team.

The wide receivers were terrible but they’ve got nothing on how awful the tight end position was this season. Adam Trautman had another disappointing season, finishing his second year in the league with just 263 yards and two touchdowns. It was an improvement from his rookie year but when you consider he was supposed to be the starting tight end this year, the numbers are downright embarrassing.

If New Orleans wants to be a contender for a good quarterback this offseason, they have to add some true weapons. Callaway came on strong down the stretch but at best, he’s a WR3. Thomas should be back in 2022 but this team should have learned their lesson from solely depending on him to carry the load on offense.

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What do you consider to be the worst part of the NOLA Saints’ 2021 season?