Saints Roster: Ranking every WR ahead of training camp

Leigh Oleszczak
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Marquez Callaway, New Orleans Saints
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6. Tre’Quan Smith

The Saints spent a third-round pick on Tre’Quan Smith in 2018 and he failed to live up to the hype. This past season was his opportunity to show that he could be a strong WR2/3 for a team searching for offensive help but he wasn’t able to take advantage of that moment. He re-joined the Saints and honestly could be a cap casualty when all is said and done.

5. Deonte Harty

Prior to last season, Deonte Harty was mostly known as a return specialist. Due to the lack of receiving weapons, however, he was propelled into one of the starting receiver roles and he shined bright, finishing the year with a career-high 570 receiving yards and career-high three receiving touchdowns.

Harty proved that he can be a reliable offensive weapon last season but now that the Saints added true starting receivers, he’ll likely go back to being more of a return specialist this year.

4. Marquez Callaway

As I mentioned earlier in the article, Marquez Callaway was put in a near-impossible situation last year. He went undrafted in 2020, was picked up by the Saints, and had a promising enough rookie season that fans unfairly expected that he could cut it as a starter.

Callaway did end up putting up okay numbers last year but not when you consider that he was WR1 in the offense. He could have been a decent WR3 for the Saints offense but now he’ll be in the WR4/5 role, so his numbers will certainly decline this year.

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