Predicting the New Orleans Saints’ Top 5 WRs of 2014

Predicting the New Orleans Saints' Top 5 WRs of 2014

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Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are an offensive powerhouse, but will the loss of two of their top targets hurt the team's numbers? As long as the Pro Bowl quarterback is there taking snaps, the black and gold have nothing to worry about. Looking at the Saints' options, let's predict their top five receivers of 2014.

5. Pierre Thomas

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5. Pierre Thomas

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Thomas is near-perfect out of the Saints' backfield, and after a ridiculous 77 catches last season, the numbers may be somewhat similar. Rookie WR Brandin Cooks will likely be a new option for Drew Brees back there, but I still see Thomas being just as effective as last year with the absence of Darren Sproles.

Receptions: 70
Yards: 511
Touchdowns: 4

4. Brandin Cooks

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4. Brandin Cooks

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The Saints traded up in the first round to grab what is probably the team's most versatile athlete since Reggie Bush. Brandin Cooks has the potential to be an immediate threat to opposing defenses. Look for the former Oregon State receiver to have a big rookie campaign. We'll see Cooks line up with the receivers as well as in the backfield in 2014.

Receptions: 52
Yards: 769
Touchdowns: 6

3. Kenny Stills

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3. Kenny Stills

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Kenny Stills finished his rookie campaign with a league-leading 20 yards per catch as the Saints' No. 3. After New Orleans said goodbye to Lance Moore this offseason, I expect Stills to take a huge step forward in 2014 as the team's second receiver on the depth chart.

Receptions: 58
Yards: 881
Touchdowns: 6

2. Marques Colston

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2. Marques Colston

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Colston will be 31 years old by the time the season kicks off, but he still remains one of Drew Brees' most reliable options. If the Saints' all-time leading receiver can remain healthy throughout 2014, another solid year is likely. New Orleans lost two of their top targets this offseason, so an increase in catches for Colston is a definite possibility.

Receptions: 77
Yards: 1,008
Touchdowns: 7


1. Jimmy Graham

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1. Jimmy Graham

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Jimmy Graham is the best player on the field other than Drew Brees. It has been a dizzy offseason for the Saints and their tight end, but I fully expect Graham to be out there when the season begins. The Pro Bowler will have another monstrous year in 2014.

Receptions: 88
Yards: 1,214
Touchdowns: 14


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