How the Saints 53-man roster might shape up after the 2022 NFL Draft

Najy Masri
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Wide Receivers

Michael Thomas, Chris Olave, Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harty, Tre’Quan Smith

The Saints paid a hefty price to finally solve the WR2 slot opposite Michael Thomas in Chris Olave.  This allows Callaway, Harty, and Smith to play a more appropriate complementary role in the offense.

New Orleans often keeps six wide receivers at the onset of the season. Undrafted free agent wide receiver Rasheed Shaheed of Weber State received one of the largest UDFA signing bonuses in Saints history ($222,000) and is someone who could snag one of the last spots on the roster with an impressive camp and preseason showing.

Tight Ends

Adam Trautman, Taysom Hill, Nick Vannett, Juwan Johnson

One variance of Dennis Allen from the Sean Payton tenure is the commitment of Taysom Hill to the tight end position. Along with the Dalton signing, this gives the Saints offense another weapon that can be on the field for a majority of snaps.

The big question mark at this position, however, will ultimately be whether or not Adam Trautman takes the next step in his development and provides the Saints with a true TE1.

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