The wide receiver room for the New Orleans Saints could look drastically different next season. Chris Olave will, of course, return as the top guy, but Rashid Shaheed will be an exclusive rights free agent and no one knows what will happen with Michael Thomas, who will likely be a free agent as well. All things considered, the Saints will need other pass catchers to become consistent threats.
While the draft and free agency is always great for adding new talent, New Orleans may already have its next productive receiver on the roster. Jonathon Macri recently wrote a piece for PFF, naming one breakout candidate for all 32 teams in the NFL. For New Orleans, wide receiver AT Perry was named as the player to watch next season.
AT Perry named a breakout candidate for Saints
Macri is convinced that New Orleans will lose both Rashid Shaheed and Michael Thomas in free agency, opening up room for AT Perry to have a bigger role in the offense next season. With promising spurts throughout this past season, an increased role could lead to a breakout year for Perry.
After being drafted in the sixth round of the 2023 NFL Draft, Perry played in only 10 games for the Saints this season. Still, he proved to be an explosive weapon, catching 12 passes for 246 yards and four touchdowns. The four receiving touchdowns trailed only Shaheed and Olave by one.
With Perry’s size at 6-foot-5, athleticism, and what he showed on the field in limited snaps as a rookie, it’s easy to imagine that he could become a consistent threat with more opportunity. Regardless of who New Orleans adds or retains in the wide receiver, AT Perry should be taking a step up next season and becoming a reliable big-play receiver for the Saints.