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5 New Orleans Saints on the Rise in 2014

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5 New Orleans Saints on the Rise in 2014

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Whether plagued by injuries or a rookie last season, there are several New Orleans Saints players to keep an eye on for the upcoming season. Here are five guys on the rise in 2014.

5. Joe Morgan

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5. Joe Morgan

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WR Joe Morgan missed the entire 2013 season after he suffered a torn meniscus and partial ACL tear in a Saints’ scrimmage back in August. The speed demon only had 10 catches in 2012, but averaged a staggering 37.9 yards per reception. Yup, 379 yards and three touchdowns on only 10 receptions. He is clearly a deep threat, and with Drew Brees’ deep throw ability and knack for spreading the ball, Morgan could have a nice year.

4. Victor Butler

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4. Victor Butler

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The Saints made a great move by signing OLB Victor Butler last offseason; defensive coordinator Rob Ryan brought him over from Dallas hoping to deliver some added pressure to the Saints’ front seven. Butler suffered a torn ACL in practice before even entering training camp and missed all of 2013. From 2009-12, he played in all but one game and started only two, where he managed to accumulate 50 tackles and 11 sacks.

Keep an eye on Butler.

3. Khiry Robinson

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3. Khiry Robinson

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RB Khiry Robinson made his name known in New Orleans after trampling over opposing defenders on several different occasions. Robinson managed to rush for 224 yards on 50 carries (4.1 avg) with a score during the regular season and another 102 yards on 21 (4.9 avg) touches in the postseason. He was a tank and seemed like a healthy replacement for Chris Ivory last year.

With the departure of Darren Sproles, look for Khiry’s touches to increase.

2. Kenny Stills

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2. Kenny Stills

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WR Kenny Stills had an admirable rookie season in 2013 after being selected in the fifth round of the draft. The young speedster had an NFL-leading 20 yards per catch, where he was able to bag 32 grabs for 641 yards and five touchdowns. As the season progressed, Stills became one of Drew Brees’ favorite targets. Stills looks to have earned that No. 2 spot opposite of Marques Colston after Lance Moore was released last month.

1. Kenny Vaccaro

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1. Kenny Vaccaro

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Kenny Vaccaro’s future looks bight, very bright. The safety out of the University of Texas became an immediate threat to opposing offenses. He was a contender for defensive rookie of the year, racking up 79 tackles, one interception, one sack and a forced fumble in 14 games. He is a versatile, hard-hitting safety who is able to extend the field from sideline to sideline. That will be a dangerous safety duo with Jairus Byrd now in the mix.