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2 wide receivers the Saints shouldn’t look to as an Emmanuel Sanders replacement

It would be nice, but don’t count on it.

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We have previously covered three wide receivers the New Orleans Saints could look to as a potential replacement for the recently-released Emmanuel Sanders. Now, let’s look at a pair of receivers the Saints - and Saints fans - shouldn’t be relying on to potentially pick up Sanders’s snaps in the 2021 Saints offense.

Dez Bryant, Free agent

Dez Bryant spent last season with the Baltimore Ravens where he couldn’t really find a niche with the team. Bryant was of course signed by the Saints back in 2018 and then shortly after tore his Achilles and never saw a snap for the Saints. Ever since, Bryant has been a hot name for #SaintsTwitter, but the Saints should look elsewhere when trying to replace Emmanuel Sanders. Dez Bryant had 6 receptions for 47 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2020 with the Ravens and he’s no spring chicken at 32-years-old.

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Tre’Quan Smith, In-house

Tre’Quan Smith is a former third-round pick out of the University of Central Florida and has had an up-and-down stint with the New Orleans Saints. Smith has shown flashes of being a big-play receiver but the inconsistent play has become an issue.

Smith has made some big plays in the biggest of moments, though - for example, the trick play touchdown in the divisional round versus Tampa Bay last year. But all in all (and understanding he also dealt with a significant injury in 2020), Smith had a modest 34 receptions for 448 yards and 4 touchdowns. Smith’s best fit with the team is to be the team’s third receiver, and with a new quarterback in Jameis Winston, you want to have more receiving threats than you did before with a Hall of Fame quarterback in Drew Brees.


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