The New Orleans Saints are the hottest team in football, and right now look unbeatable, coming off a 45-35 win against the only undefeated team in the NFL, the Los Angeles Rams. The Saints are just about unbeatable at home, and proved so again last Sunday. With an improving defense and an electric offense, how could this team get any better? By adding a strong, big, second receiver in Dez Bryant.
Dez is the perfect compliment to star wide out Michael Thomas, who is on pace for a monster season of well over 1,000 yards. Thomas has been arguably the best receiver in the NFL this season, and has the best running back duo in the league to compliment him. Alvin Kamara is just as big of a threat catching the ball as he is running it, the perfect example coming against the Rams, having three total touchdowns in the first half alone. Alongside Kamara is Mark Ingram, who is the more every-down back. The only thing the Saints seemed to lack was a secondary receiver to not only act as a perfect counterpart to Thomas, but to give Drew Brees another option.
Dez has not played in a year, which could be apparent in his first outing. Look for Dez to be targeted the most in the red zone (corners and fades to the back corners). Thomas is a great route runner, making him the better target for deep bombs, so Dez will be a great 15 yard pass type of receiver. Bryant’s strength will also be utilized in those lob pass, jump ball type of throws, something he was best at in Dallas.
In addition to Dez, the Saints recently acquired CB Eli Apple from the Giants. Apple should help bulk up the Saints struggling pass defense, which, oddly, was extremely good last season. An improving defense with a top two offense in the league is a recipe for success.
The Saints were already a scary sight, but these midseason additions should make them even better. After beating the Rams last Sunday, the Saints, essentially, leap-frogged Los Angeles as the new #1 team in the NFL, and they’re only getting better.