New Orleans Saints ‘triplets’ deserve more respect

Leigh Oleszczak
Dec 6, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) reacts with wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 6, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) reacts with wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New Orleans Saints are coming off a season where their offense was downright atrocious. They’ve made the right adjustments to hopefully field a much more competitive offense in 2022 but the black and gold still aren’t getting the respect they deserve in that department.

Jared Dubin of CBS Sports recently put together a list where he ranked every team’s ‘triplets’. Triplets are the quarterback, running back, and either a wide receiver or tight end. For instance, for the Chiefs, their triplets are Patrick Mahomes, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Travis Kelce. For the Bengals, it’s Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, and Ja’Marr Chase. You get the idea.

So, with that logic, the Saints’ triplets consist of Jameis Winston, Alvin Kamara, and Michael Thomas. Pretty good, right?

Well, Dubin has them in the bottom tier of his rankings, placing them at 17.

"Our last team to finish with a below-average ranking is one of the most confusing in the league. Winston was all high-risk, high-reward in Tampa, but was extremely low-risk, high-efficiency (on ridiculously low volume) prior to his injury last year. Will he be able to maintain that style without Sean Payton calling plays? That’s an open question. Will Kamara be suspended? Will Thomas get back on the field? If not, can Chris Olave be a No. 1 receiver right away?"

New Orleans Saints triplets will surprise people in 2022

I guess I understand Dubin’s logic here; Winston was injured last year and when he did play, he didn’t put up outstanding numbers. I’d argue that he didn’t have any weapons to throw to when he was healthy so the numbers he did throw for were pretty impressive. Plus, he was mostly criticized in the past for throwing an awful amount of interceptions and he cut back tremendously on those.

I also get that Kamara is likely going to be suspended this year and that we haven’t seen Thomas play since the 2020 playoffs. Who’s to say that he’s going to be the same guy we once knew and loved?

At the same time, though, both Winston and Thomas are healthy. When Kamara is able to rejoin the team after his suspension, there’s no reason why this trio can’t put up gaudy numbers in the offense.

Saints fans have seen the numbers Winston was able to throw for when he had weapons in Tampa Bay. What’s going to stop him from doing the same in the Big Easy?

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I understand that New Orleans’ offense was bad last year but they’re going to surprise a lot of people in 2022 and it starts with these three.

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