3 Saints players who could be nice surprises in 2024

The New Orleans Saints have a few players on the roster who could breakout next season with some surprising performances.

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The New Orleans Saints are hoping for a much better season in 2024 than they had last year. While New Orleans did finish 9-8, tied for the best record in the NFC South, it was an underwhelming season for the Saints, and they didn’t look like the team they wanted to be. That’s why the team has been at work this offseason, hoping to make changes that will lead to more wins.

While that process is still ongoing, there are already a few certainties for New Orleans. Specifically, there are some Saints players that everyone expect to play well. Wide receiver Chris Olave should continue his ascension, Alvin Kamara will likely be even more productive in Klint Kubiak’s offense, and Marshon Lattimore, as long as he’s on the roster, will provide elite cornerback play.

While those things are certain, there are a ton of unknowns for the Saints. The good thing about the unexpected, though, is the possibility of being pleasantly surprised. New Orleans has a view players who could be nice surprises in 2024. Let’s take a look at three of those players.

3. Jordan Howden could be a nice surprise for Saints in 2024

Safety Jordan Howden had the opportunity to step up during the end of his rookie season last year. Fortunately, Howden made the most of that opportunity. Starting seven games, playing in 16 total, Howden recorded 43 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and five pass deflections. Now, he’ll have the opportunity to go from a promising young player to a standout player on the defense.

New Orleans released veteran safety Marcus Maye at the start of the offseaon, and the only safety move they’ve made since was re-signing Johnathan Abram, who served as a competent depth piece last season. It seems as if the Saints are ready for Howden to be the man at safety alongside Tyrann Mathieu.