By Nick Underhill
The Saints need to figure out how to use all of their weapons this summer.
It’s a nice change from last year when Michael Thomas was lining up all over the field, and Ted Ginn Jr. was the only other high-powered receiver Drew Brees had to target. But after signing Cam Meredith and Tre’Quan Smith during the offseason, this offense has to figure out how to use all four of its receivers, assuming those two players are ready to contribute.
The solution might seem simple. If you have four receivers you want to get snaps, then drop all four on the field and let Brees pick his poison. But that isn’t how it works. While New Orleans could use more four-receiver sets, this is also a running team, and overdosing on something that would limit that aspect of offense wouldn't make sense.
“It just depends on what we’re trying to do that week,” coach Sean Payton said. “It limits you in the running game a little bit without a tight end, but it’s not to say that we haven’t had packages with four guys. Usually, we’d attach maybe a running back or tight end, but it can change week to week.” ...
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