5 NOLA Saints newcomers projected to be starters in 2022

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2. Chris Olave

I mentioned how Jarvis Landry gave the Saints their third starting receiver for the year but before he joined the roster, Chris Olave was the new and flashy toy for the offense. New Orleans traded up from the 16th overall pick to the 11th pick to nab Olave out of Ohio State so yeah, it’s a safe bet that he’ll be in the starting lineup.

The Saints didn’t move up five spots and give up draft picks to select a player who won’t be one of their starting receivers. Olave is going to make the offense better and that’s why he’ll be a starter this year.

1. Tyrann Mathieu

The biggest free-agent acquisition for New Orleans this year was Tyrann Mathieu, who, like Jarvis Landry, played his college ball at LSU and is returning home. Mathieu spent the past three years with the Chiefs and during that time, turned their defense around to the point that the team reached two Super Bowls and won one.

Mathieu joining the Saints’ secondary will hopefully let them pick up right where they left off a season ago even with Marcus Williams and Malcolm Jenkins no longer being in that bunch. He’s a no-brainer option to start at one of the safety positions.

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These five newcomers will likely be suiting up as starters for the NOLA Saints this year.