It became obvious from the moment Saints running back Alvin Kamara fell onto the leg of Saints receiver Michael Thomas that Thomas had an ankle injury. It’s a high-ankle sprain, and Thomas reportedly will miss time.
The unofficial (and thus worthless) depth chart doesn’t shed much light on how things will look. Undrafted rookie Marquez Callaway is listed as the understudy to Thomas. But Callaway did much more as a return specialist than as a receiver at Tennessee, catching 92 passes in 42 games.
The more likely reality is that players like tight end Jared Cook, running back Alvin Kamara, and running back (and former receiver) Ty Montgomery will be used more in the passing game, especially as it relates to the fact that Thomas has been lining up roughly 25 percent of the time in the slot.
The Saints also have Taysom Hill, who can line up anywhere and everywhere. Given the money they’re paying him, they need to use him.
However it plays out, coach Sean Payton remains one of the greatest offensive masterminds in NFL history. He’ll find a way to move the chains and score points, even without one of the best receivers in the game on the field.
Saints offense will be fine, as long as the guys can execute the plays that coach Payton draws up (they will) and QB Brees can hit them with a good ball (he can)
The dependability of Trequan Smith remains a question mark. Hopefully a good rapport between Brees and Emmanuel Sanders has been established. Deonte Harris is playing a larger role in the offense. Maybe opportunity for Lil Jordan Humphrey or Bennie Fowler to advance,but it appears the team has plenty enough options on the active roster to compensate. It may also light a fire under Sean Peyton dial up his play calling creativity.
This article makes it sound like outside of Thomas and Callaway there are not other receivers on the team. Pretty sure I saw Emmanuel Sanders and Tre’Quan Smith running around out there on Sunday. Are they not receivers?
They also have Emanuel Sanders who has had a couple of decent games from the slot over his career.
“The Saints also have Taysom Hill, who can line up anywhere and everywhere. Given the money they’re paying him, they need to use him.”
That sounds good in theory but in practice guys like Hill are best in small doses because the surprise factor is crucial to their effectiveness. It’d be like looking back at some great fake punt and deciding you need to start calling that all the time like it would just keep steadily working no matter how often you ran it.
Sanders, Fowler, Harris, Smith, etc. The WR sky is not falling on the Saints. Who Dat! Bring on the Raiders.
Great QB’s don’t need great WR’s. They’re just a luxury. Was Michael Thomas around when Brees won his super bowl? Tom Brady has six rings, and Randy Moss wasn’t on any of those teams. Going back farther, Joe Montana won his first two super bowls without Jerry Rice, including their best season, 1984 when they went 18-1. A better question would be how well Thomas would play without Brees. Thomas gets the ball put right in his hands, even when he doesn’t get any separation. A lot of QB’s wouldn’t even attempt to make those throws. Don’t get me wrong, I love Michael Thomas. Hope the big guy gets healthy soon. There are exceptions to every rule. I’m waiting to see how Watson does without Hopkins. That’s one case where the WR made the QB better, but that’s a rare exception. Hopkins is a bad ball catcher, and he kept drives alive making lots of difficult catches on poorly placed passes.
Taysom Hill, Taysom Hill, Taysom Hill — the NFL and Saints fans are obsessed with that guy. He’s not a WR.
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