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It’s always fun to watch Drew Brees play. Brees passes for 5,000 yards a season as if it’s expected. With Brees at 35 years of age, the Saints need to start grooming his replacement, unless they think Ryan Griffin could be a franchise quarterback. If Brees goes down, I wonder if Luke McCown could do for New Orleans what Josh McCown did for Chicago last season. Nah.
Brees comes back to another stable of running backs. The Saints never have to worry about not having a decent back to carry to the ball. Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, and now Khiry Robinson hopes to get more touches as well. Somehow, New Orleans also picked up my 13th ranked running back out of the 2014 draft class as an undrafted free agent. Tim Flanders played at a small school, but he has great feet and sweet juke moves. He’s patient, has strong legs and an amazing jump step. He reminds me of Ahmad Bradshaw. The Saints will have to put him on the shelf and make him earn his turn.
It’s good to mention Jimmy Graham’s name and not have to read seven million tweets about where he lines up on the field, if it’s four yards from the tackle, if he’s a tight end, what he deserves to make, blah blah blah. He’s the best receiving tight end in the game and he kills any chance that any other tight end on the Saints’ roster will have any sort of Fantasy value.
Marques Colston will get his targets and Kenny Stills has proven his big play ability. Stills should continue to excel in this offense. Nick Toon has to prove himself this year and play up to his potential. He deserves to be on a roster, but has to become consistent first. Joe Morgan is in a similar boat, but with him it is his health. New Orleans can’t keep carrying him if he can’t stay off injured reserve. Brandon Coleman has never impressed me and shouldn’t make this roster unless they plan on trying to mold his 6’6” 225 pound frame into some form of a tight end.
This is no secret, New Orleans loves Brandin Cooks, and it’s a perfect offense for the rookie. Cooks is reliable, fast and shifty. He has speed to burn. Cooks adjusts to the ball well, has great hands and is willing to go over the middle. Brees will love him and that should be enough to push Cooks’ Fantasy value over that of Kenny Stills. Get him on your roster and rake in the Fantasy wins.
Saints Roster Bonus = Brandin Cooks