Despite an under-the-radar rookie season, expectations are high for Saints A.T. Perry

New Orleans Saints wide receiver A.T. Perry wasn’t a high draft pick, and he didn’t have a big rookie season. Still, he has high expectations entering year two.
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Entering the 2024 season, there are a lot of people apart of the New Orleans Saints that have high expectations to meet. Dennis Allen is pretty much coaching for his job, and Derek Carr will have to prove he can lead a contending team. There’s also new offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak, who everyone expects to transform the offense.

Those are just a few of the people that will have the spotlight on them. Several other Saints players are also entering the season with high expectations. A surprising player that falls in that category is second-year receiver A.T. Perry. The high expectations for him are a bit surprising because he was a sixth-round selection a year ago, and only recorded 12 catches for 246 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie.

Still, Perry flashed enough that people are excited about what he can do in year two. Bleacher Report‘s Matt Holder joined the party in a recent piece highlighting forgotten 2023 NFL draft picks to watch in 2024. On the five-player list, that had two first rounders and two second rounders, Perry was included.

Everyone is excited to see what A.T. Perry will do in 2024

Holder detailed how the tools that made Perry an exciting prospect— size, speed and big-play ability —were on display once he finally got a chance with the Saints. When Michael Thomas went down with injury, Perry started to get action. His 12 catches for 246 yards and four touchdowns came in an eight-game span.

Now that Michael Thomas is no longer on the roster, and everyone got a glimpse of what A.T. Perry is capable of, it’ll be exciting to see how he complements veteran receivers Chris Olave and Rashid Shaheed over a full season. Head coach Dennis Allen made it clear during the offseason program that Perry still has a ton of room to grow and be more consistent, but that’s expected with young players. If he can put together a strong training camp, A.T. Perry could put the league on notice in 2024.