Even though the New Orleans Saints don’t have a good situation at their wide receiver position, the rest of the NFC South has quite the squad there. As a result, the division was ranked second in wide receiver talent, but the Saints didn’t play a big role in getting them there.
CBS Sports’ Jared Dubin ranked each division by wide receiver talent and had NFC South No.2. Here’s what he had to say:
If Julio Jones was still in this division, he would be No.1 again. But it looks like a much thinner group than it was a year ago, when Jones was in Atlanta and Samuel was in Carolina. Still, the Bucs have two stars, a potential game breaker that’s a big question mark and very strong depth. Ridley is exceptional. Moore and Anderson are very good starters with the potential to be even better than that if they can get a better QB game. Thomas brings a combination of volume and efficiency that is almost unmatched in the league.
Dubin didn’t address the Saints until the last sentence of his article, proving he isn’t really looking at their group when making this decision. Michael Thomas is easily one of the best wide receivers in the league, but he’s the only Saints to really make a name for himself.
Tre’Quan Smith has been disappointing since being a third-round pick in 2018, while Marquez Callaway is a UDFA entering his sophomore year and Kawaan Baker is a seventh-round rookie. Not exactly a large group there.
The Saints aren’t the reason NFC South ranks high when it comes to receiving talent.
The Buccaneers have one of the best banquet halls in the entire league and they made it through to the Super Bowl last year. I know it’s popular to go after the Falcons, but they’ve always made sure they have a strong receiving pool. Even after dispatching Julio Jones to Tenneessee, the Falcons are still in good shape in this position. Finally, the Panthers have Robby Anderson and DJ Moore, two good sneaky players.
It’s time for the Saints’ receivers to prove they are better than they think. Someone needs to step up and claim this No.2 wide receiver job and they need to hold onto it throughout the season. No one did it last year and the Saints failed to sort it out during the offseason.
Not only that, but this list signifies how difficult the division will be this year on the offensive side of the ball. These receptors can explode.