We continue our series of articles previewing the Saints regular season opponents, now in Week 4.
Week 4: @ the San Diego Chargers
Our friends over at Bolts from the Blue contributed this piece, listing all of the biggest additions/subtractions from the Chargers this offseason:
Notable free agent additions:
NT Brandon Mebane, CB Casey Hayward, WR Travis Benjamin, S Dwight Lowery, OG/C Matt Slauson
Notable free agent departures:
TE Ladarius Green, CB Patrick Robinson, S Eric Weddle
Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies:
DE Joey Bosa will start at the 5-tech in the base defense, TE Hunter Henry will see a ton of time in 2 TE sets, LB Joshua Perry will challenge Manti Te'o for playing time
Biggest offseason addition:
OG/C Matt Slauson
Biggest storyline heading into training camp:
Not football-related, it's still "will this be the Chargers' last season in San Diego?" Slightly more football-related, it's "will Joey Bosa get signed in time for training camp or will he continue to holdout?"
Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp:
The return of Ken Whisenhunt as offensive coordinator should see a return to the quick passing game that allowed Philip Rivers to flourish previously.
Notable injuries heading into training camp:
OG/C Chris Watt will miss time due to surgery (roster spot could be threatened). RB Melvin Gordon is still recovering from offseason surgery (though appears on schedule)
The Chargers got one of the best players in the draft in Defensive End Joey Bosa, who will look to lay a hurting on Saints QB Drew Brees. Brees, on the other hand, won't have forgotten that it was the Chargers who passed on his injured shoulder, opting instead for the young Philip Rivers.
So what says you, you unbiased Saints fans? Will the Saints pull off the win in Southern California, or will the Chargers beat the Saints led by Rivers on offense and Bosa on defense?