Marquez Callaway was one of the few shining stars from Saints Week 3 loss

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Things got interesting in Charlotte on Sunday when the New Orleans Saints marched into town. Although the Saints fell to Carolina, there were a few shining stars who stood out in the defeat.

Let's check out these shining stars.

Marquez Callaway

Marquez Callaway has been a solid addition to the Saints since he came out of Tennessee undrafted. Last season he was WR1 but his role has been cut back due to the new additions in the receiver room in Jarvis Landry and Chris Olave, as well as a returning Michael Thomas. He still makes an impact when needed.

Landry took over for punt returns during the Carolina game, something we expected Callaway to do with fellow receiver and punt returner Deonte Harty inactive. Callaway hauled in what would've been a possible interception from quarterback Jameis Winston, one-handed with style. He picked off a pick in other words.

Callaway had the play of the game as well as the last touchdown of the game in the loss to Carolina. One thing remains clear, that is the fact that the connection between Winston and Callaway is still as strong as it was last season, and that he needs more playing time due to him being someone that Winston trusts throwing the ball to in those types of situations. Look for him to be active and ready to go when the Saints play the Vikings in London on Sunday morning.

Pete Werner

Linebacker Pete Werner has certainly made a name for himself already. Werner is currently leading the team with a total of 30 tackles in three games, 23 of those tackles being solo and the other seven combined, an outstanding statistic for a season that is barely beginning.

Werner has made a significant impact on the defense due to him being extremely dependable and just naturally good at what he does. The Ohio State product was moved to the weakside linebacker position and he has excelled. Werner has been a solid replacement for Kwon Alexander, who was with the Saints for two seasons. Alexander wasn't re-signed simply because of Werner taking over his role. Alexander's role would've been cut significantly and he wasn't happy with that decision so the Saints decided to roll with Werner at weakside LB and the decision has already paid off multiple times.

The circumstance that makes Werner and the team as a whole better is having veteran Demario Davis there to guide him. A presence like Davis' to help train up a young Werner is already showing that it works. If this trend continues, Davis and Werner could be a deadly front duo. Co-defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen stated in a New Orleans Dot Football article that"Werner’s best trait is his ball awareness and noted that not everyone who plays the game sees the field the way Werner does." The team and coordinators truly appreciate everything that Werner has brung to the LB core already.

Chris Olave

Olave has been a prime target for Winston already this season. He was the only one that could seem to muster up anything against Carolina, recording 147 yards off nine catches. Olave is developing outstandingly as a rookie and is certainly a shining light in a gloomy Saints' offense. Look for him to improve as he does have two of the best veteran receivers to help guide him in Thomas and Landry.

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