4 biggest disappointments of the NOLA Saints’ 2021 season

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2. Tre’Quan Smith

When the Saints spent a third-round pick on Tre’Quan Smith in the 2018 NFL Draft, they hoped they’d found their WR2 to complement Michael Thomas.

Instead, Smith never had more than 448 yards in a single season and failed to get more than five touchdowns in a season. Not exactly the kind of production New Orleans was hoping for when they added the UCF product in the draft four years ago.

Smith was injured to start this season, which definitely hurt his chances as emerging as a WR1 but when he did enter the picture, he still wasn’t effective. He finished the final year of his rookie deal with just 32 catches for 377 yards and three trips into the end zone.

Smith is slated to be a free agent this spring and while he didn’t exactly put up strong enough numbers to earn a huge contract, do the Saints really want him back next season and beyond?

Smith had the chance to really break out this year and set himself up for a nice payday in the offseason but that never came to fruition. He was definitely disappointing.