The New Orleans Saints made a huge mistake a year ago, which was putting too much stock in Michael Thomas at the wide receiver position. This came after Thomas’ worst season as a pro receiver where injuries played a big part in the former second-rounder’s lack of production.
This year, sadly, it looks as though the Saints are making the same mistake all over again.
So far this offseason, all NOLA has done to address one of their biggest weaknesses was re-signing Tre’Quan Smith and that just happened earlier this week. While Smith isn’t a bad player, re-signing him doesn’t fix the wide receiver woes.
Mickey Loomis has said that the Saints are looking at all avenues to make the position better but the lack of action by the organization at the position says otherwise.
Saints can’t rely on Michael Thomas to do everything at WR
Banking on Thomas to be the same guy he was in 2019 came back to bite New Orleans last year, as he didn’t end up playing a single snap this past season. Without Thomas available, the offense had to rely on the likes of Smith, Marquez Callaway, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, and Deonte Harris. It didn’t go well.
Josh Edwards of CBS Sports wrote that wide receiver is still New Orleans’ biggest need but that, once again, they’re “placing a lot of confidence in Michael Thomas, who played zero snaps in 2021.”
"Unless there is newfound faith in Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway and Lil’Jordan Humphrey, New Orleans is placing a lot of confidence in Michael Thomas, who played zero snaps in 2021. No quarterback was going to get a lot of assistance from that position group. They are in a position to get a good wide receiver at No. 18 overall."
If New Orleans makes the same mistake they’ve made the past few years again, it’s going to be infuriating. This team re-signed Jameis Winston and now they need to give him weapons so that he can be the best he can be when he’s quarterbacking the offense.
Perhaps the plan of attack is to stock up on receivers in the draft and if that’s the case, hopefully, the team adds a few wideouts. Thomas can’t be the entire plan moving forward because as we saw last season, that could easily backfire.
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It’s time for the New Orleans Saints to add some other wide receivers not named Michael Thomas so that this offense can improve in 2022.