New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton openly addressed the team’s need to add a second cornerback, and the team then signed Prince Amukamara. Saints fans actively campaigned for the team to add another linebacker, and the Saints just signed Kwon Alexander. But there are still additional needs for the team to address. Here are the top 3 needs for the team to address even after the signing of Kwon Alexander.
1. Bring in another pass-catcher
The Saints signed Chris Hogan after news broke about Michael Thomas’s surgery, but now the Saints face a looming suspension for Deonte Harris and a possible new injury to Tre’Quan Smith. The Saints still could use help on the offensive side of the ball, adding another play-maker at wide receiver (Golden Tate?) or tight end (Zach Ertz?) should be at the top of the Saints’ priority list.
2. Extend Marshon Lattimore
Yes, a possible suspension to the former Defensive Rookie of the Year stemming from an offseason arrest could complicate things, but make no mistake about it: the Saints defense is better with Marshon Lattimore on it.
The Saints have a recent history of extending players late in the offseason (see Michael Thomas) or even after the season starts (see Demario Davis), so it’s not too late to expect Marshon Lattimore to pen a new deal. Saints safety Marcus Williams is playing on a franchise tag and the deadline to extend players on a tag has already passed, or Williams would take the priority over Lattimore.
3. Name a starting quarterback
This goes without saying, but the Saints need to know who their starting quarterback will be. Regardless of how Taysom Hill has approached the offseason in his preparation to win the starting quarterback job, he plays a different type of quarterback from Jameis Winston. The entire Saints offense would look different with Taysom Hill at the helm. In addition to simply adding Taysom Hill’s legs to the quarterback position, Taysom at QB means you are subtracting his presence from elsewhere in the offense. Taysom as the starting quarterback means Taysom isn’t a viable wide receiver option or tight end, and that just further emphasizes the team’s needs at those positions.
If the Saints want to have cohesion and direction on offense, they will need to know who their starting quarterback will be fairly quickly. Obviously the decision will be made before Week 1 of the regular season, but if the Saints need to, they’ll make that decision much earlier.