The New Orleans Saints have several players on their team that would be incredibly difficult for them to replace. We're seeing this be the case with Terron Armstead, who left in the offseason, and now the team has to roll with James Hurst at the left tackle spot.
The team also really could have used Trey Hendrickson, who left the organization two offseasons ago and signed with the Bengals. Hendrickson has emerged as one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL and while the Saints still have a good defense, Hendrickson would have made them even better.
Let's check out the current Saints who are irreplaceable.
The second-year Ohio State linebacker has been a mad man for NOLA this year and fortunately, he's under club control for the next two years. He currently has 47 tackles (37 solo tackles, for that matter) through five games and has been downright dominant. The Saints linebacker corp would not be the same without Werner.
If teams don't have at least one solid cornerback, it'll be hard for them to slow down great offenses. Lattimore has given NOLA a near-lockdown corner and while he's subject to bad games, so are most cornerbacks in the league. On the year so far, he has 15 tackles and two defended passes.
This past week showed that Jordan is still performing at a high level despite being in the league for over a decade. On the year, Jordan has 23 tackles, six QB hits, and three sacks.
Circling back to the linebacker position, Davis has aged like a fine wine. No one would know that Davis is 33 and set to turn 34 in January because he sure doesn't play like it. The linebacker has 28 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two defended passes through five games.
Don't let the pressure numbers fool you -- Ramczyk is still the man and the Saints were smart to sign him to an extension last year. With the Saints giving Hurst and the left side of the line more help, it's natural that Ramczyk will be left on his own more often and he's held in there.
Adam Trautman is right -- There's no player in the league like Hill. From throwing the ball to running the ball to catching the ball, Hill can do it all and if he weren't on the Saints roster, it'd be nearly impossible to find someone who can do everything that Hill can.
Last, but most certainly not least, we have Kamara, who when he's on the field and doing his thing well, the Saints' offense is hard to stop. Kamara's ability to make defenses pay both as a runner and as a pass-catcher is what makes him so valuable to New Orleans and when he's not playing, the team isn't the same.
Which Saints players do you find irreplaceable?