ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 23: Cameron Meredith #81 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates a touchdown with teammates during the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) Five keys to a Saints win over Redskins in Week 5 by Roy AndersonTed Ginn Jr. has been ruled out for the Saints’ Week 5 Monday Night Football matchup with the Washington Redskins. That means it’s time for Tre’Quan Smith.Who Dat Dish has been attempting to hammer this point home since before training camp even started for the Saints in 2018. Last year even. The need for the Saints to come up with something better in the receiving game than Ted Ginn Jr. When New Orleans drafted Tre’Quan Smith in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, it looked like that something was in the works.But the Saints have stuck with Ginn through four weeks of the 2018 Season at the expense of Tre’Quan Smith getting the snaps he needs to develop as an NFL receiver. Well, Ted Ginn has been ruled out for Monday Night with a knee injury and Tre’Quan Smith’s time is now.We certainly didn’t with this on Ginn. He’s a great teammate and has had his moments as a receiver for the Saints. But, for New Orleans, maybe they needed to have their hand forced in getting Smith more playing time. And with Ginn’s injury, the only options at WR2 are Smith and Cameron Meredith who doesn’t seem up to the task yet.And, to be honest, both of those players have seemed to be in some sort of weird holding pattern while the team has continued to rely on Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara to generate the bulk of the offense.Ginn is averaging only 33.75 yards per game receiving this year and that’s nothing close to the production needed from a WR2 to truly be a compliment to the offense. He was averaging close to 50 yards per game in 2017 and that was still short of what the Saints had when Michael Thomas and Brandin Cooks were playing together in 2016.But we can stop beating that drum for now. It’s finally the time when the Saints don’t have a choice but to get Tre’Quan Smith on the field and let him show what he can do. Saints fans got to see his talent in the preseason when he led the team in receiving. The starters of the Redskins defense are a completely different level of talent. What Smith can do as a weapon, though, was readily visible even against lower level opposition. Next: Five keys to a Saints win over Redskins in Week 5 It’s not guaranteed that he takes Ginn’s job from this point. But Tre’Quan Smith is finally being given the chance to try. A possible next chapter in the story of the Saints will get his chance to show what the preseason buzz was about in the Superdome on Monday Night.
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