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5 New Orleans Saints who are on thin ice entering training camp in 2022

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3. Tre’Quan Smith

When the Saints spent a third-round pick on Tre’Quan Smith in the 2018 NFL Draft, fans were excited about what the UCF product could provide. Unfortunately, he went on to disappoint and despite entering a contract season in 2021, couldn’t rise to the occasion and earn a bigger contract elsewhere.

With teams not calling for Smith’s services, he returned to New Orleans for another season and initially was going to be in a starting role once again. Fortunately, the Saints drafted Chris Olave and signed Jarvis Landry, which meant that Smith would be demoted to a backup role.

Smith is probably going to make the roster but he needs to show this summer that he belongs on the team. Whether that’s putting together an impressive preseason campaign or simply staying healthy, Smith has to improve.

The former third-round pick is certainly on thin ice entering training camp and now that the team has other options at the position, he’s not a lock to make the team.