Rashid Shaheed has earned his spot on the Saints active roster

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The 2022 season hasn't gone according to plan for the New Orleans Saints but one bright spot has been the play of rookie wide receiver, Rashid Shaheed.

Shaheed signed with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Weber State and didn't make his NFL debut until Week 6 against the Bengals. In that game, on his first-ever NFL carry, Shaheed took the ball 44 yards to the house. He scored his first-ever NFL touchdown on his first glimpse of NFL action, which was awesome.

The following week, Shaheed once again had that first-touch magic. He had one catch in the game but it was a 53-yard bomb from Andy Dalton that ended with Shaheed dancing into the end zone. He proved right then and there that when Shaheed is given the ball, whether it's as a rusher or a receiver, he's going to make the most of it.

Saints are fortunate to have Rashid Shaheed on their roster

Shaheed has been so good for the Saints this year that he's led to the team not activating Marquez Callaway in the past several games. Callaway was NOLA's No. 1 wide receiver last year but this year, the team has shown that they're comfortable with Shaheed, Chris Olave, and Jarvis Landry as the main WR corps threats.

Shaheed has also made a name for himself on special teams, serving as the team's return specialist. He has 12 punt returns on the year and has averaged 9.6 yards per return and he's returned 10 kickoffs with an average of 21.6 yards per return. He's truly a do-it-all kind of player for the black and gold.

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In a year where things have not gone well, Rashid Shaheed has been a very bright spot for the Saints. He should continue to be a big playmaker for this team in the final five games.