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Author: Ian Riise

New Orleans Saints 2018 Linebacker Breakdown

It’s been a while since the New Orleans Saints have employed a linebacker group they could label as a “strength” on the roster. The last time was probably in 2009 when Scott Fujita, Jonathan Vilma, and Scott Shanle held the starting roles. While this wasn’t an elite group, each player was reliable and fundamentally sound, and all were respected team leaders. After nearly a decade of steadily declining linebacker play, the Saints completely overhauled the position in 2017. During free agency, New Orleans added veteran linebackers A.J. Klein and Manti Te’o. Additionally, they drafted Alex Anzalone, a versatile threat capable...

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New Orleans Saints 2018 Tight End Breakdown

Not long ago, the tight end position was one of the most important facets of the Drew Brees-led New Orleans Saints offense. From 2011-2014, former Saints tight end Jimmy Graham averaged 89 catches, 1,099 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns per season. After the surprise trade of Graham in the 2015 off-season, Ben Watson took over the starting role and went on to produce a healthy 74 catches for 825 yards and six touchdowns that season. Unfortunately, the Saints hesitated to re-sign Watson following the 2016 season and he was snagged by the Baltimore Ravens on the first day of free agency. New...

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