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New Orleans Saints 2018 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 8/17/2018.


New Orleans Saints Free Agency Recap


The Saints got Cameron Meredith to compliment Michael Thomas at wide receiver. They also got Demario Davis from the New York Jets as a 4-3 right outside linebacker. New Orleans got Kurt Coleman from the Carolina Panthers to compliment Marcus Williams.



New Orleans Saints Draft Recap


The Saints traded up for Marcus Davenport in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Davenport is raw. He hasn't done enough to win a starting job next to Cameron Jordan. Alex Okafor suffered a bone bruise so it is possible that Marcus Davenport starts sooner rather then later thanks to this injury.




New Orleans Saints Quarterback Summary: Drew Brees has outplayed Tom Brady the last five years. Brees will have a stronger supporting cast then Brady for the next two seasons, but the Saints still need to more defensive help if they want to get Drew Brees that second Super Bowl ring.


Drew Brees should have a breakout year and here is why. Sean Payton and Pete Carmichael are both back at head coach and offensive coordinator for the Saints. Joe Lombardi is the quarterbacks coach. Drew Brees dominated with these coaches in 2017 once he got a good supporting cast. Expect more of the same moving forward in 2018.


New Orleans Saints Running Back Summary: Mark Ingram is getting a four game suspension. Even with this news, New Orleans is gonna limit Alvin Kamara to twenty carries without giving him too much responsibilities.


Running backs coach Joel Thomas enters his fourth year in the NFL. Thomas is doing a great job by telling Sean Payton not to give Kamara too many carries too soon, even though Kamara is capable of being the man in New Orleans now. Fantasy owners, if you want Kamara to get 25 carries take it up with Thomas not Payton.


New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver Summary: Michael Thomas is the Saints #1 receiver. New Orleans brought in Cameron Meredith to push Ted Ginn Jr. for the number two receiver job. Whoever loses that job will move to the slot and see limited action. New Orleans will still utilize a three wide receiver set so they can add so much variety offensively. Third round pick Tre'Quan Smith out of Central Florida could be featured in four wide receiver sets. For now he's a project in the waiting.


John Morton is a great wide receiver coach. He took an offensive coordinator job with the New York Jets, but Curtis Johnson who was their wide receivers coach when they won Super Bowl 44 is back with this team though.


New Orleans Saints Tight End Summary: Benjamin Watson is the starting tight end for New Orleans. Having former Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell as the teams assistant head coach and tight ends coach only helps. New Orleans will be fine in this area as long as Watson stays healthy.


New Orleans Saints Offensive Line Summary: Terron Armstead got a huge contract extension at left tackle two years ago. Andrus Peat will start at left guard once again. Max Unger will start at center. New Orleans brought in Larry Warford from Detroit at right guard and Ryan Ramczyk is starting at right tackle. This is a fantastic offensive line when healthy and if everyone is fully healthy New Orleans will average 30 points per game in front of their home crowd.


Dan Roushar is a great offensive line coach. Roushar can develop running backs, tight ends, or offensive linemen. Roushar will improve the blocking of the Saints running backs, fullback, tight ends, and offensive linemen which will give Brees more time in the pocket and more for defenses to account for.


New Orleans has so much talent on this offense its mind boggling. This is easily a top 5 offense in every offensive category and that's why many believe New Orleans will rule the NFC South once again in 2018.



New Orleans Saints Defensive Line Summary: Cameron Jordan is an awesome 4-3 right end. Sheldon Rankins is the only player worthy of complimenting him. I'm not a fan of Tyeler Davidson, yet New Orleans kept him around which means he must have been more serviceable to the organization then I realize. Alex Okafor will compliment Jordan if he's healthy. Marcus Davenport may end up starting with Okafor getting injured.


Ryan Nielsen enters his second season as the Saints defensive line coach. I'm curious to see how Nielsen develops rookie pass rusher Marcus Davenport.


New Orleans Saints Linebacker Summary: Demario Davis will start at 4-3 right outside linebacker even though I believe he's expendable. Manti Te'o will start at 4-3 middle linebacker. A.J. Klein is the 4-3 left outisde linebacker.


Mike Nolan, the former 49ers head coach is the linebackers coach for the New Orleans Saints. He's gotten a lot older since his days as the 49ers head coach. I feel like this linebacking core is actually a lot weaker then last years group. This is probably the easiest area of the New Orleans Saints defense to exploit.


New Orleans Saints Defensive Backs Summary: The Saints have Marshon Lattimore at field cornerback, Ken Crawley at boundary cornerback, and P.J. Williams at nickel cornerback. Williams entered last year as the boundary cornerback, but Crawley has developed enough to jump him to be the boundary cornerback. Kurt Coleman is great strong safety and Marcus Williams compliments him at free safety.


Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen has a lot of experience developing players on the secondary. Defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn should have more experience with defensive backs in year four.


The Saints have a top 10 pass defense thanks to their cornerbacks. The rest of this defense is inconsistent, but luckily for New Orleans they have a top 5 offense in the NFL to compensate for these weaknesses on defense.



New Orleans Saints Special Teams Summary: Will Lutz is the starting kicker. Zach Wood is the new punter. New Orleans is still having a position battle to determine who their return specialist is.




New Orleans Saints Worst Case Scenario: The Saints go 8-8. The offense kicks ass, at the same time the defense ends up being a total letdown for New Orleans.


New Orleans Saints Best Case Scenario: New Orleans goes 14-2. They make Super Bowl 53 and Drew Brees wins his second Super Bowl in Atlanta. New Orleans has a Super Bowl caliber offense. The defense needs to play well enough to hold up though. That will be key.


New Orleans Saints 2018 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 9
VS
1:00 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 2
September 16
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 3
September 23
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 4
September 30
AT
4:25 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 5
October 8
VS
8:15 PM EST
ESPN
W
Week 6
Bye Week
Week 7
October 21
AT
4:05 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 8
October 28
AT
8:20 PM EST
NBC
L
Week 9
November 4
VS
4:25 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 10
November 11
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 11
November 18
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 12
November 22
VS
8:20 PM EST
NBC
W
Week 13
November 29
AT
8:20 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 14
December 9
AT
1 PM EST
NBC
L
Week 15
December 17
AT
8:15 PM EST
ESPN
L
Week 16
December 23
VS
4:25 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 17
December 30
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W


New Orleans Saints 2017 Projected Record (8-8): The Saints made a lot of improvements on defense. New Orleans gets the NFC East and the AFC North as well as the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West Division. I feel like that is a lot for New Orleans to overcome as a team. Everyone is hyping this team up to be a Super Bowl squad. At the same time, I feel like they are a year away from ruling the NFC. New Orleans has a two year window of opportunity to win the NFC with Brees and all the young talent they have drafted in the last three years.








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