By Andrew Schuster @ShootsMcGavin on May 30, 2014
The New Orleans Saints have a handful of playmakers, but some of them don't even start. This is an excellent team to play for if you want to make an impact. With Drew Brees distributing the ball, everybody has the opportunity to be a factor on offense. The same goes for Rob Ryan's hybrid defensive scheme. With that in mind, let's look at five backups who could contribute right away for the Black and Gold in 2014.
Joe Morgan looked to be the third option at receiver last year behind Marques Colston and Lance Moore. Unfortunately, he suffered a season ending injury before the year even started. He is a huge deep threat on the Saints offense and adds serious speed into the equation when on the field. In 2012, he caught 10 passes for a staggering 379 yards and 3 TDs. When the Saints run their four or five receiver sets (happens often), lookout for Morgan.
Glenn Foster adds a fresh pair of legs behind defensive ends Cam Jordan and Akiem Hicks. Foster was not on the field much last year playing in only 12 games (did not start), but he did manage to rack up three sacks. With hard work and hustle during training camp, he will likely lock himself in as the first option behind Jordan and Hicks. His pass-rush ability, fits well into Rob Ryan's aggressive defense and should be used right away.
Rookie CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste will likely see the field from the get-go. He will not top the depth charts of course, but in certain packages, the opportunity to contribute will be there for the former Nebraska Cornhusker. Who knows, as the season progresses, he may find himself starting opposite Keenan Lewis. He certainly has the skill set to be a dominant defender. The 6'3" converted wide receiver has shutdown written all over him.
If it weren't for the signing of Jairus Byrd, Rafael Bush would likely be the starter at free safety. He is a good defensive back that has shown bursts of greatness when on the field for the Saints. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan ran a handful of three-safety sets last year and already said he plans on running more in 2014. With the opportunity, Bush could be a solid playmaker for the Black and Gold from start to finish.
As an undrafted rookie in 2013, Robinson averaged 4.1 yards (54 attempts for 224 yards) on the ground as the Saints' number four running back. With the departure of Darren Sproles, I expect those numbers to double. He is an explosive, versatile back with the ability to truck over defenders. From what I saw last year, he looked like a solid number one when on the field. Look for Khiry to make an immediate impact in the Saints' backfield.
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