The New Orleans Saints offense should be considered absolutely stacked as we enter 2020.
Yes, quarterback Drew Brees is a future Hall of Famer, but it’s about more than that. Wide receiver Michael Thomas just won Offensive Player of the Year, the first time a wide receiver won that award since the great Jerry Rice. Running back Alvin Kamara is a former Offensive Rookie of the Year. Tight end Jared Cook has made the Pro Bowl in back-to-back years. Return specialist Deonte Harris made First Team All-Pro in 2020, and started seeing more plays in the offense as the season went on. The Saints have one of the best offensive lines in all of football. Taysom Hill is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.
And newly-acquired wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is off the heels of being the number one wide receiver for the reigning NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.
For all of these reasons, Bleacher Report has ranked Drew Brees with having the NFC’s best supporting cast - the third-best supporting cast in the NFL:
The New Orleans Saints are going to make perhaps one last run with Drew Brees at quarterback, and they’ve given him arguably the best supporting cast of his career. It’s headlined by the top receiver in the game today, Michael Thomas, who has caught a ridiculous 470 passes in his first four NFL seasons.
However, Thomas is no longer the lone playmaker at receiver for the Saints. The free-agent addition of Emmanuel Sanders should give New Orleans one of the better one-two punches out wide in the NFC. With Pro Bowl tight end Jared Cook and utility man Taysom Hill throwing and catching the ball, the Saints will have one of the more difficult passing attacks to contain.
With a stellar backfield duo of Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray rounding out the offense, the Saints should be as balanced and as dangerous as any offense in the league.
The stage is set for Brees and Co. to make a strong run at another Lombardi Trophy.
If the 41-year-old signal-caller can stay healthy, there will be little to prevent New Orleans from making a deep postseason run except for perhaps another bout of bad luck or the ascent of Brady and the Buccaneers.
The aforementioned Buccaneers, led by another future Hall of Famer in Tom Brady, came right behind Drew Brees and the Saints, 4th overall, 2nd in the NFC. The only teams ahead of the Saints in these rankings were two AFC supporting casts, Baker Mayfield’s Cleveland Browns at #2 and Patrick Mahomes’s Kansas City Chiefs at #1.
Across the rest of the NFC South, Matt Ryan’s
Julio Jonses Atlanta Falcons came in at 9th, with Teddy Bridgewater’s Carolina Panthers just a few spots lower at 13th, meaning all four NFC South teams were in the top half of the league.
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