1 Tre’Quan Smith
Let’s face it — Tre’Quan Smith will never be a go-to receiver and he will never be a number two receiver either.
Smith has been with the New Orleans Saints for five seasons, and in those five seasons, he has yet to play an entire season. He has only eclipsed 100 yards in a game three times. He has failed to step up during times when the Saints needed him the most.
When Michael Thomas went down with an ankle injury in 2020 and missed the entire 2021 season, it was an opportunity for Smith to shine and step up; to show he could be a leading receiver.
However, in Thomas’s absence, Smith missed a total of 17 games. He caught 66 catches 825 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s also allowed undrafted free agent receivers Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harty to outplay him in some very key moments.
Smith may be the best blocking receiver on the Saints team, but New Orleans pays him to catch the football, not just drive corners and safeties into the dirt.
With NOLA drafting Chris Olave, signing Jarvis Landry, and Michael Thomas coming back from injury, making the Saints team at wide receiver may be a challenge for Smith. He certainly won’t be a starter this year unless a fair share of injuries take place but can he win a backup job?
The UCF product has been on the receiving end of some of the most memorable moments in Saints history. Who could forget the 60-yard pass he caught to give Drew Brees the NFL record for most career passing yards in 2018? But i
Even with that being the case, it looks like Smiths’ time may indeed be up in the Big Easy.
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These three New Orleans Saints better work hard this summer or their current projected roles with the team might belong to someone else by the time the regular season gets underway.