1. Jarvis Landry is a great fit in Saints’ offensive scheme
Assuming Michael Thomas remains healthy for 2022 and assuming Chris Olave quickly adapts to the Saints’ offense, Landry would perfectly plug into the empty slot position.
NOLA’s current slot receiver projects to be either Tre’Quan Smith or Deonte Harty. Smith recorded 377 yards in 11 games while Harty recorded 570 yards in 13 games, so we think it’s safe to say the Saints would love an upgrade at slot receiver.
Landry’s greatest strengths may be his sure hands and his ability to consistently get open which makes him one of the best slot guys in the league.
NOLA doesn’t necessarily need him to be a deep threat — the team has Thomas, Callaway, and Olave for that. Instead, Landry’s expertise in the slot allows him to be the most productive playmaker he can be, one who can throw, catch, run, and block his way to getting crucial downs.
Given the Saints’ measly tight end production, too, Landry could make an immediate impact near the line of scrimmage. Landry was often paired with two tight ends in the Browns’ offensive scheme, but on the Saints, he would likely be allotted more space in the middle of the field as NOLA’s current tight ends (Trautman, Vannett, Johnson) have yet to make a dent in the passing offense.
Landry may not be as elite a slot receiver as he was in his early years at Miami, but he’s definitely better than Tre’Quan Smith. That much is certain.
At the right price, Landry can and should become a Saint in 2022. This is no blockbuster deal by any means, but it’s one NOLA absolutely should make before the start of the season.