5 Saints players who provided hope for the future during the 2022 season

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Alontae Taylor

A lot of Saints fans were confused when the team spent their second-round pick on Alontae Taylor but the rookie has balled out during his inaugural season in the NFL. PFF grades don't tell the whole story with Taylor, as he's been pretty good despite all that's been thrown at him.

Taylor has played in 12 games this season and has 44 tackles and 11 defended passes. There have been a few times where he should have had an interception but didn't come down with the ball for one reason or another.

It'd be great if the Saints brought Bradley Roby back but if they don't, they should feel good knowing that they have Taylor, Marshon Lattimore, and Paulson Adebo in their secondary.

Juwan Johnson

Give props to Juwan Johnson this season. The wide receiver-turned-tight end entered the season as the fourth tight end on the roster behind the likes of Adam Trautman, Taysom Hill, and Nick Vannett and look at where he is now!

Johnson had 41 catches for 487 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games this season and has cemented himself as the starting tight end of the New Orleans Saints. He'll be a restricted free agent this offseason, which means that if a team offers him a contract, the Saints have the chance to match it. He shouldn't be going anywhere in the offseason.

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The New Orleans Saints haven't had a great season but these five players have made it better and given fans hope for the future of this team.