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New Orleans Saints: 5 Questions Heading Into the 2014 Season

5 Questions for the Saints Heading Into the 2014 Season

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When the New Orleans Saints step onto that Superdome turf for the first time this fall, we will see a new team on the field. It's been quite a dizzy offseason so far in the Big Easy; several players have come and gone. Here are five questions for the Saints heading into the 2014 season.

Will the release of Lance Moore affect the pass game negatively?

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Will the release of Lance Moore affect the pass game negatively?

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Veteran wideout Lance Moore was released by the Saints last month and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Moore has been one of Drew Brees' favorite targets since debuting for New Orleans in 2006. However, the emergence of sophomore WR Kenny Stills and Joe Morgan (missed 2013 with injury) will help make up for Moore's absence. As long as Brees is leading the charge, the Saints are good to go in the air.

Is Darren Sproles' departure bad for for the backfield?

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Is Darren Sproles' departure bad for for the backfield?

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While Darren Sproles is in Philadelphia enjoying a cheesesteak, the Saints are wondering who they can find to replace him. Sproles signed with the Eagles last month after being released by New Orleans. He was an absolute animal in the screen game, but Pierre Thomas excels in that area as well. However, losing Sproles means losing speed. The black and gold will look to fill that hole in the upcoming draft.

Can Ol' Champ Bailey really help?

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Can Ol' Champ Bailey really help?

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The Saints surprised many when they brought in 12-time Pro Bowl CB Champ Bailey. However, age and health have been an in issue for the 35-year-old Bailey as of late. He will be 36 by the time the season kicks off, so what does that mean for New Orleans? He may not have the same physical ability, but his leadership and experience can help steer the younger guys in the right direction. It's a good move after parting ways with so many veterans.

Will Jairus Byrd be just as productive with his new team?

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Will Jairus Byrd be just as productive with his new team?

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Just when we thought the Saints were broke, they stunned the fans and media by acquiring safety Jairus Byrd. Since entering the NFL in 2009, Byrd has more interceptions than anybody at his position. Will that spill over into 2014? If New Orleans continues to pressure opposing quarterbacks like they did in 2013, Byrd's production can easily increase. A secondary with him, Kenny Vaccaro, Keenan Lewis and Champ Bailey could be lethal.

Will the team play better on the road this year?

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Will the team play better on the road this year?

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The Saints were a force to be reckoned with at home in the Dome, but playing away was a different story. Who were those impostures wearing Saints uniforms in St. Louis, New York and Seattle? If New Orleans plans to make another run at a Super Bowl, they will have to make the proper adjustments when performing on the road. The 2014 season will be a fresh start, so let's see what a difference a year can make.