The New Orleans Saints roster has plenty of talent but these four players don’t get the respect they deserve.
The most well-known members of the New Orleans Saints roster would be guys like Cameron Jordan, Demario Davis, Alvin Kamara, Ryan Ramczyk, Taysom Hill, and Michael Thomas. No one really thinks of the four guys I’m going to list in this post unless they’re doing a deep dive of the roster or big fans of the team.
Even though these four players are underrated, however, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get their due diligence. Whether these gentlemen will play a bigger role for the team than people think or maybe fans have straight up forgotten about them, they’re underrated and deserve to be talked about.
Let’s get to the list.
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4. Marcus Maye
Losing Marcus Williams was a tremendous blow to the Saints’ secondary and there’s no debating that. Fans can say all they want about Williams’ lack of tackling but the guy made the NOLA defense better and replacing him won’t be easy.
The Saints added Tyrann Mathieu later on in the free agency period but one of the first moves they made in free agency was signing Marcus Maye to a three-year deal. A year ago, this would have been looked at as a slam dunk because Maye was at the top of his game in 2020.
After the Jets slapped Maye with the franchise tag, however, he suffered an injury this past season and his overall performance was nowhere near where it was the year before. That led to him not getting the massive contract that he was trending toward when the Jets placed the franchise tag on him.
Maye had a down year in 2021 but if he can return to that level of play in 2020 and the early stages of his NFL career, the Saints will have another horse joining their secondary.