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Saints News Network |  | New Orleans Saints The Saints added a number of new players, but you’ve
gotta pick just one.

The New
Orleans Saints
got better this offseason. They were able
to upgrade at a number of key positions, ranging from pass rusher
to wide receiver. Some names were more familiar than others –
particularly retreads like tight end Benjamin
Watson
and cornerback Patrick
Robinson
, even offensive lineman Jermon
Bushrod
. But there’s a host of new names (and jersey
numbers!) for fans to learn. Which new player are you most-invested
in?

Linebacker
Demario
Davis
, #56

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While
studying film for my Demario Davis highlight video I came across
this gem. What a hit by @demario__davis!
#Saints
pic.twitter.com/dib0aB2sBt


Christian Lok (@Lok12Lok) May
7, 2018

The Saints have been wanting for a fast, smart
linebacker for years. They (briefly) had a fast linebacker in Stephone
Anthony
, but he was lacking in football I.Q. They signed
a couple of smart linebackers last year, with Manti
Te’o
making the best impression, but none of them really
flowed to the ball. The team also signed A.J.
Klein
and drafted Alex
Anzalone
, who are each smart as well as fast, but they
both lost the 2017 season to injuries.

<

p
id=”dBgrXn”>Demario
Davis
is the guy who could (potentially) combine both of
those important qualities in one player, and be the piece to
elevate the Saints defense even further. He was super productive
for the New York
Jets
last season and brings upside in areas New Orleans
needs most from its middle linebacker spot: he communicates well,
punishes QB’s on blitzes, and can move around with ease.

Wide receiver
Cameron
Meredith
, #81

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CAM MEREDITH
(@Cam_I_Am81)
at #Saints
practice today pic.twitter.com/e4mGHyTOcf


PirateLife Football (@PirateLifeFF) June
1, 2018

Don’t look now, but the Saints went and got better
at wide receiver. The lauded 2016 BMW offense wasn’t long for this
world, due to Brandin
Cooks
’ pettiness and Willie
Snead
’s drive-thru daiquiri stand habit. Ted Ginn Jr has
been living his best life and Michael
Thomas
is one of football’s best receivers, but it was
clear New Orleans needed more at the position.

So they got more, by signing Cameron
Meredith
away from the Chicago
Bears
and drafting Tre’Quan Smith from college football’s
transitive national champion UCF
Knights
. Smith figures to have more of a Kenny
Stills
/Robert Meachem-style impact as a rookie, but Meredith
should immediately challenge for the WR2 spot in the rotation. He’s
well ahead of schedule in rehabbing his 2017 knee injury, which
was reportedly so grim
the Bears didn’t consider matching
New Orleans’ offer.

Edge defender Marcus
Davenport
,
#92

Eyes on the prize here, folks. Forget about the
draft capital spent on Marcus
Davenport
and consider the player. The Saints have a
6-foot-6, 264-pound monster who is still growing and was very
productive in college. Davenport’s got the work ethic (putting
on 66 pounds of muscle over his college career
) and
eccentric interests (he’s
a dang anime-loving otaku
, and celebrated draft night
with
two Hot’n Spicy McChickens and a Big Mac)
to rapidly
endear himself to fans.

Sure,
Davenport is raw and has a lot to learn. But he’s not clueless, and
David
Onyemata
’s success under
Ryan Nielsen is reassuring
. Put another way, Davenport
could see his senior year’s raw production (9 sacks, 6 hits, 35
hurries per the Pro Football Focus draft guide) cut in half and
still nearly match the Saints’ second-best pass rusher in 2017,
Alex
Okafor
(5 sacks, 4 hits, 21 hurries per the PFF free
agency guide).

Other
(specify in the comments!)

There’s any number of other players fans could be
stoked to see – maybe you share an alma mater with running back
Boston
Scott
, or think safety Kurt
Coleman
is just what the young defensive backfield needs
to be great. Let it be known in the poll.

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