Since the draft is over and we're getting some sort of idea of what the roster is going to look like, I just thought I would put out a list of 5 predictions for the upcoming season that probably not agreed upon by most of ya'll. This is mostly just to get some ideas out and hear what some of ya'lls bold predictions for the upcoming season are.
Terron Armstead will score a touchdown
I don't remember which game it was, but a couple of years ago I remember the Saints got in the jumbo set on the goal line with Zach "Mr. Eligible" Strief as a tight end who ran what I believe was a short out route was wide open, jumped to catch the ball-and didn't touch it. With Strief no longer being used in the jumbo packages due to his position as a starter, I believe, if Armstead doesn't start, he will be that guy, and he will catch that wide open pass in the end zone just due to the fact that he is one of, if not the most, athletic offensive linemen we have on our roster. Even if he does start, I believe that Sean Payton will use his athleticism and come up with some sort of offensive tackle pass specifically for Armstead, and that he will end the season with one or more receptions and a touchdown.
Martez Wilson will become a starter and end the season with double digit sacks
I remember his rookie year, the last game of the season, Martez Wilson running down Offensive rookie of the year Cam Newton for an eight yard sack. He then had another 1.5 sacks in the playoff loss to the 49ers, who have one of the best offensive lines in football. I believe our new 3-4 scheme will suit his pass rush capabilities better than having him as a 4-3 defensive end, and that Rob Ryan will put him into positions to make plays and rack up some sacks. Wilson may not be a starter at the beginning of the season, but I can see him getting double digit sacks this season.
Mark Ingram will rush for over 1,000 yards
This coming year will be Ingram's third year in the league, and he will need to rush for at least 1,000 to justify the trade we made for him and his first round status. If he does not do these things, his day as a Saint may very well be over. However, I believe that Ingram can come up with the necessary yards to lead the Saints in rushing, as he has shown flashes and I will have his second full offseason in minicamp learning the offense, as he missed one for the lockout. With Sproles being more of a change of pace back, and Thomas doing more with screens and getting older, Ingram looks to be the lead back in our rotation, with Cadet getting more touches this year as well.
Patrick Robinson will lead the team in interceptions
This may not be such a bold prediction, but I also believe that Robinson will drastically improve this year. He has led the team in interceptions for the last two years, and I think can do so again this year as a part time player. The pressure created up front by Ryan's defense will contribute some to this, but also I'm not sure how the two players ahead of him will do. Lewis is coming from Dick Lebeu's zone blitz scheme and joining Rob Ryan's more man coverage oriented defense, so I believe there will be some sort of learning curve there and I'm not entirely sold on his ability to translate his coverage abilities, although I do hope he does, and Jabari Greer is old and smaller for a corner, so I think that Robinson will work his way into the starting lineup and once again lead the team in interceptions.
Cameron Jordan will make the Pro-Bowl
Last year Cameron Jordan led the team with 8 sacks as a 4-3 defensive end. This season, he will be reverting to the 3-4 style system that he played in college. If he bulks up a bit so he is able to take on the double teams and guards he will undoubtedly be facing on the interior, he will make the pro bowl. He is one of the better run stuffing defensive ends in the NFL, a skill which translates well for an interior lineman, an did he can rush the passer well as an interior lineman, the pro bowl is not a far shot for the third year player.
Chase Thomas will make the final 53 and become a solid contributor as a rookie.
Defense is ranked between 17-23
John Jenkins and Akiem Hicks both fall on some poor someone and break them.