How to save the Saints Step 5: Time for the rookies to eat
The Saints may have found a star in rookie wide receiver Chris Olave. Olave currently leads the NFL in air yards and has been the lone Saints offensive bright spot this season. The unfortunate injury to Trevor Penning derailed the beginning of his professional career but he is expected back in the next couple of weeks.
When he is available, he should start at left tackle and James Hurst should be moved inside to replace the oft-injured Andrus Peat. In addition, in light of the Bradley Roby injury, Alontae Taylor should receive much more playing time and ultimately challenge Paulson Adebo for the starting CB2 spot assuming his sophomore slump continues.
And finally, Rashid Shaheed, whose first two NFL touches resulted in long touchdowns, should be given every opportunity to have the ball in his hands during the latter half of the season.
As much despair as this season has caused Saints fans, New Orleans still has a legitimate shot to win the division and make the playoffs in a relatively weak NFC. Following these 5 simple steps could put New Orleans in a position for sustained success over the course of the regular season and hopefully into the playoffs.