New Orleans Saints tickets have given Crescent City football fans some good years in the last decade. Since the arrival of Sean Payton the Saints have been a regular participant in the playoffs and won their first Super Bowl. Last season New Orleans won a playoff game on the road for the first time in team history before being knocked out in Seattle.
In the offseason the Saints made big changes, letting go some key players due to age or contract costs. Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis did their homework in the offseason though and Saints ticket holders should be happy with the new roster. New Orleans will be a playoff contender if they avoid serious injury.
Besides adding Champ Bailey and Jairus Byrd to a top ranked defense, New Orleans used the NFL Draft to pick and choose on both sides of the ball, adding talent in key areas to help them compete against the stronger teams in the NFC.
Brandin Cooks – New Orleans wanted Cooks badly. Loomis traded his 3rd round pick for the chance to move up and grab the speedy wide receiver out of Oregon State. Besides his considerable college resume (128 catches, 1,730 yards in 2013), Cook appears to be the model type of player that Sean Payton likes to have on the roster. His work ethic has been described as phenomenal. Cook will have the opportunity to start immediately, using his 4.33 speed to force defenses to cover the deep field. Expect Payton to try and get him the ball in space, taking advantage of his ability to run after the catch.
Stanley -Jean-Baptiste – New Orleans lost cornerbacks to injury last season and it hurt. Jean-Baptiste probably won;t be an immediate starter at the position but he will add depth and challenge the cornerbacks already on the roster. Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan likes to use multiple packages and Jean-Baptiste will be in plenty of those. A good long term pick for talent and depth.
Sleepers – Ronald Powell – The Saints have improved their linebackers steadily over the past few seasons. Powell went to college as a stud, ranking among the top prospects at the position. Injuries dragged him down in the draft. If Powell gets healthy, and that’s a big if, he could be a real gem in the 5th Round