Winners: Michael Thomas and Chris Olave
Before Jarvis Landry joined the Saints, the starting unit was going to consist of Michael Thomas, Chris Olave, and Tre’Quan Smith, which was substantially better than what we got to watch last year.
Thomas and Olave aren’t getting demoted but this will allow the three of them to take the target off of one another. Just look at the Bengals’ wide receiver corps last year — Sometimes Ja’Marr Chase had a huge game, sometimes it was Tee Higgins, and then occasionally, Tyler Boyd would pop off for a massive performance.
That’s what could transpire with the wide receiver trio in New Orleans. One week we’ll see Thomas have a big game, maybe the next week it’ll be the rookie Olave, and then the following week Landry gets to shine.
Either way, these two stand to gain a lot from Landry joining the black and gold.
Loser: Any UDFA WR
The Saints signed some impressive names at wide receiver in undrafted free agency, including Dai’Jean Dixon of Nicholls State and Rashid Shahid of Weber State. These two had the ability — and still do, to be fair — to make a splash this summer and find their way onto the 53-man roster.
While Landry is just one guy, it does make things trickier for these two to work their way up because they have more competition now. They’ll have to put up the performance of a lifetime this summer in order to stick on the roster.
Jarvis Landry’s addition makes the New Orleans Saints’ offense scarier and I’m excited to watch him sport the black and gold.