Saints could have dangerous passing connection brewing at OTAs

Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints
Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints new franchise quarterback appears to be building something that could be special with a young receiver during Saints OTAs.

Derek Carr was brought into the Big Easy to (hopefully) finally answer the question of who would be the New Orleans Saints next franchise quarterback after Drew Brees. They paid the veteran to be just that, and fortunately the Saints have the kind of young speed on the outside, not to mention the talent on the rest of the roster, to help Carr be the best leader he can be, which also fortunately was a quality he never lacked in.

Already, it appears that a potentially special connection is forming with wide receiver Chris Olave in the early days of Saints' OTAs.

Olave was in the running for the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year award for his 2022 season last year, an award Saints fans are all too familiar with, and has a great chance to be the number one receiver in the offense, especially considering the curious case of Michael Thomas. Honestly, a case can very easily be made that Olave already is the number one guy.

The most notable play came when Olave caught a deep ball from Carr over Marcus Maye. The fact that Carr already trusts Olave with contested catches speaks more volumes than one might think.

Obviously it's still VERY early, but doesn't mean this isn't a positive sign. It simply means that Carr has all the time in the world to build his rapport with his new pass-catchers, not to mention a familiar face in Foster Moreau. He also already appears to be a fan of Rashid Shaheed, so if they can build on this, Thomas won't feel as much like an albatross. If anything, his presence turns into a luxury.

We still have a ways to go, but if this is any indication, the offense of the New Orleans Saints could be a fun one for fans to watch in 2023 and beyond.