The New Orleans Saints haven’t done too well ever since Drew Brees retired, but they may be about to become relevant again.
After a season in which they won just seven games and had to withstand a failed stint by Jameis Winston, they will have Derek Carr, a proven veteran, starting under center.
Veteran tight end Jimmy Graham recently discussed how well Carr has been fitting in with the Saints offense so far in training camp, via the “Pat McAfee Show” this week.
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New Orleans looks poised to finish first in the NFC South, and Carr will have some legitimate weapons at his disposal.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas seems healthy after three injury-riddled seasons, and as recently as 2019 he led the NFL with 1,725 receiving yards.
He will team up with wideout Chris Olave, who is coming off a strong rookie season.
Star running back Alvin Kamara has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season for his role in a fight at a nightclub last year, but Jamaal Williams, who had a league-high 17 rushing touchdowns last season, will fill in for him.
On defense, the Saints finished third in passing touchdowns and second in passing yards allowed in 2022.
Carr has four Pro Bowl selections to his name, and while he isn’t quite an elite quarterback, he is a very good one that put up 4,804 passing yards in 2021.
His numbers fell considerably last season, but perhaps a change of scenery will help him return to form and make his second playoff appearance.NEXT: Saints Reportedly Change Course Regarding 2 Veteran Free Agents