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Saints Mailbag Answers: What Does the Future Hold for Josh Hill and Stanley Jean-Baptiste?

Below are answers to reader questions submitted Sunday. Special thanks to all those that participated. Feel free to continue the discussion on any of these topics in the comment section below.

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What is the feeling on SJB? - Who D.

To be fair to Stanley Jean-Baptiste, I don't think Saints coaches ever really expected much from him in his rookie season. It was known that he was raw and needed time to develop so a lackluster rookie year shouldn't be surprising. If fans thought differently, well that's their fault.

But he was a second round draft pick so his sophomore season should be time to s*** or get off the pot. The Patrick Robinson experiment went on for too long and I wouldn't want to see the Saints make the same wasteful mistake with Jean-Baptiste.

The good news is that so far things are looking up. He claims to be more confident and comfortable thanks to a dumbed down defensive playbook. The bad news is that the competition is stiffer this year than it's ever been, with Delvin Breaux, Kyle Wilson, P.J. Williams, and Damian Swann all added to the CB mix. But we won't get our answer until training camp starts.


Will Josh Hill be a top 5, or at least top 10, TE this year? -Dan K.

I'm just not sold on Josh Hill as a number one tight end. A lot of fans seem to think Hill will just slide right up into the spot and put up close to Jimmy Graham numbers. I don't see it. I think it's just wishful thinking. Hope I'm wrong. Being anywhere near the top 10 tight end would be a hell of a season for Hill. The Saints brought in Jermain Gresham last week so it appears the Saints might not be completely sold on Hill either.


Between Jones and Coleman who do you think is mostly to stand in my way on my eventual path to fame and glory? - Andy T.

Dear Andy Tanner,

You've made nearly $500,000 per season for the last five years without having to play a single regular season down or completely destroy your body. Why ruin a good thing?