Saints Monday Night Football position previews vs. Panthers

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Tight Ends

The Saints and Panthers both have respectable tight end rooms as we enter Week Two.

The Panthers' rookie quarterback Bryce Young enjoyed throwing the ball to tight end Hayden Hurst last week as he led the Panthers in receptions, yards, and touchdowns in week one. Hurst played very well last season with the Joe Burrow led Bengals last year, but secured a hefty contract from Carolina to be seemingly their primary pass catcher this year. Hurst really has no genuine competition in the tight end room, but I think he's a fringe top ten tight end in the NFL which certainly holds weight.

The Saints, on the flip side, seemingly have nothing but depth at the tight end position. The Saints currently roster Juwan Johnson (who seems like the TE1), Jimmy Graham, Foster Moreau, and Taysom Hill (if he still counts as a tight end at this point). We saw Johnson produce well last week hauling in three receptions for 36 yards. No other tight end caught a pass for New Orleans but we wouldn't be surprised if we saw more action from that position in week two.

As of now, it's only fair to give the advantage to Hayden Hurst and the Panthers since the tight end position is the primary weapon in the Carolina offense. Is Hurst more talented that Johnson, Graham, or Moreau? No. Is he going to have more opportunity to be a consistent weapon? Absolutely.