By Andrew Schuster @ShootsMcGavin on May 28, 2014
From injuries to undrafted rookies making their name known at the next level, there is always something to keep up with during the offseason. After a strong draft and a dip into the free agent market, the New Orleans Saints look to have a big year in 2014. Organized team activities is an excellent way to get a glimpse of your team before heading into the new season, so here are five storylines to follow as the Saints' OTAs begin to kick off.
The Saints failed to address their need for a center in the draft. Second-year man Tim Lelito started two games last year at guard, but he took reps at center in practice for a majority of the season. Now he is taking snaps at center with the first team and looks to be the front-runner to secure the starting spot. This will be something to keep an eye on during OTAs. Protection for Pro-Bowl QB Drew Brees is a must.
Khiry Robinson, a 2013 undrafted free agent, had a great year, but his playing time was limited. Now that Darren Sproles is no longer in the equation, Robinson should see a steady increase in snaps. On the ground, he looked like the Saints' most athletic runner. His cut-back skills and ability to truck defenders are outstanding. Extended first-team reps will be something to follow, and a breakout campaign could be in the near future.
In an interview last week, Saints first-round draft pick Brandin Cooks said that he expects to make an immediate contribution on the field. Cooks looks to be third on the depth chart heading into OTAs. With Drew Brees distributing the football, an early impact is very likely for the rookie wideout. He's got the speed and athleticism to make the big plays, so let's see if he can do it from the get-go.
By now we are all aware of the problem the Saints are having with signing Jimmy Graham to a long-term deal. He wants to be paid as a wide receiver, but New Orleans wants to pay him as a tight end. Will we see him during OTAs? Unless a deal is reached, the answer to that question is an easy 'No.' He is more than likely to hold out, but it will still be something to monitor over the next few weeks.
The Saints have made a ton of noise in the undrafted free agent market up to this point, and it looks like they may have found a hidden gem in former Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman. The 6-foot-6 monster of a target was projected to go in rounds 5-6 of the 2014 NFL Draft but somehow went untouched. Keep an eye on this guy; he is poised for a big summer at training camp. A spot on the 53-man roster may be in the near future for Coleman.
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