Count NFL’s Ian Rapoport as a huge fan of the New Orleans Saints in 2022. Here’s why he’s jumping on the bandwagon this season.
Rapoport visited NOLA to watch one of the Saints’ preseason practices and he came away with nothing but optimism for the black and gold to achieve great success this year.
Some things stayed the same while others are vastly different: Jameis Winston is working on a triumphant comeback after tearing his ACL in 2021, and while he may not get off to a roaring start in September, he should gradually adapt well and manage for the rest of the season.
The Saints’ wideouts are truly a force to be reckoned with, and Michael Thomas stands head and shoulders above the pack as the alpha and the most game-changing offensive weapon.
Here’s more on what Rapoport said specifically…
Saints have high hopes and high expectations for 2022
On The Pat McAfee show, Rapoport called Jameis Winston “fine,” but he called the rest of the Saints squad “really, really talented.” Rapoport went on to compliment the secondary and Michael Thomas, noting that he didn’t want to blow things out of proportion but that Thomas seriously impressed him in camp.
Rapoport also talked with offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and noticed that the overall vibe and feeling at Saints camp was a bit different, that it wasn’t as much of a tightly run ship as it was before with Sean Payton.
This much was to be expected, and for the most part it sounds like the coaching change was good and necessary.
The Saints are ushering in a new era with Dennis Allen, and he’s not looking to completely imitate Sean Payton’s method or ways of success.
Instead, Allen wants to blaze his own trail in 2022, and he has the Saints’ elite offensive and defensive units at his disposal. Here’s to the Allen and Winston era.