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Affordable wide receivers options for New Orleans Saints

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Will Fuller
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Affordable WR options for the Saints: 2. Will Fuller

2021 Stats: 

  • 2 games
  • 4 receptions
  • 26 receiving yards
  • 0 touchdowns

The talent is mouth-watering for wide receiver Will Fuller. But while it’s clear that he can become one of the best catchers in the league, he can’t simply live on potential forever.

In six seasons in the NFL, Fuller has yet to play a full year. The past two seasons were especially dreadful. In 2020, as a member of the Houston Texans, Fuller racked up 879 yards and eight touchdowns.

With five games left in the season, he was suspended for six games due to a positive PED test. That suspension spilled over into this season, forcing him to miss the first game of the year. In a very predictable pattern, Fuller broke his thumb in Week 4 and missed the remainder of the season.

All of the tools are there. Fuller has great hands and outrageous speed. His pre-draft 40 time of 4.32 was the best amongst all receivers in that 2016 class.

There won’t be many teams willing to attach themselves long-term for big money to Fuller. The Saints can only offer him below market value but more than anything, the opportunity to rebuild his name. It’s a win-win situation for both.