5 New Orleans Saints Who Will Shine In Week 2
5 Saints Who Will Shine In Week 2
The New Orleans Saints wasted no time showing the NFL and the world that last year was a fluke. They showed that Sean Payton being back in the fold changes the entire spectrum in which they operate. They also showed that Rex Ryan is much more competent of a coach than Steve Spagnuolo.
The Saints held on to a 23-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the first week of the football season. The Falcons were on the doorstep ready to score, but Matt Ryan could not finish the job. The Saints are 1-0 while the rest of the NFC South sits at 0-1. It is nice for any team to get an outright one-game lead in the division after one week.
This week, the Saints take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday. The Bucs made some serious improvements, or so we thought. They brought in Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson to update their secondary and Kevin Ogletree to give Josh Freeman another weapon to work with.
Unfortunately for the Bucs, they lost to the team that a large percentage of analysts put at the bottom of their power rankings in the New York Jets. It ended with Lavonte David committing an awful personal foul at the end of the game which put the Jets into field-goal range. It will be interesting to see how the Bucs bounce back from such an awful loss.
The Saints still have a lot to prove this season. After having a historically awful defense last year, they will need to continue the bounce back that was seen last week. These five players are going to have big games against the Bucs this week on offense and defense.
5. Darren Sproles
Darren Sproles could quite possibly be the most dynamic weapon since Marshall Faulk. It has been a decade since we have a seen a player who can catch balls at the clip that Sproles does. Last week, the Buccaneers allowed Bilal Powell four receptions out of the backfield. Powell with his 18 career receptions coming into the game was allowed to get four and 35 yards. Sproles has a receiving touchdown in both games they played against the Bucs last season. He may be looking to score once again. He may not be much to worry about on the ground anymore, but he is still the best pass-catching back in the leauge.
4. Jabari Greer
Jabari Greer is going to love this matchup. He especially loves to face Josh Freeman. He is known to trying to force the ball to Vincent Jackson, who Greer will be covering, and it puts him into trouble. The last time Greer played against the Bucs, he picked off Freeman two times and deflected four more passes. To say that he has his number would be an under statement. Last week, as the No. 1 corner, he helped keep Julio Jones and Roddy White to under 100 yards combined. He is going to have a field day on Sunday.
3. Jimmy Graham
Kellen Winslow Jr. has had one catch in the season after he left the Bucs in 2011. He came in and caught seven passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. You would think they knew his moves by now. If Winslow could do that to them, what is the best tight end in the league going to do to them? Jimmy Graham caught a touchdown pass in Week 1 and was limited by a good Falcons team. The Bucs are great on the outside, not so much in the middle, where Graham is going to cause serious matchup issues for them. More than he usually does.
2. Martez Wilson
Martez Wilson watched from the sidelines last weekend as the opportunity that was supposed to be his was given to Parys Haralson. He got a sack on Matt Ryan in the new Rob Ryan defense. Wilson was sat due to his training camp elbow injury, but he is 100% now. He is ready to relish the opportunity. He is the aggressive linebacker in the Rob Ryan defense. He is going to excel in that role. Expect him to get at lease a sack against the Bucs, and expect him to be all over the field like a puppy when his master comes home.
1. Drew Brees
Did you expect someone else? The entire Saints team goes through Drew Brees. He isn't just the Saints, but he is New Orleans. He is a part of the community now. He seems to shine every single week. Last season in games against the Buccaneers, Brees combined for 674 yards and eight touchdowns. Those are ridiculous numbers, even for Brees. Expect a healthy case of Brees taking on this newly put together secondary.