5 Questions the New Orleans Saints Must Answer at Training Camp

5 Questions the Saints Must Answer

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Organized team activity is wrapping up and the new season is just around the corner. The New Orleans Saints have made some adjustments over the offseason in hopes of returning the Lombardi Trophy to the Big Easy, but there are still some things that need improvement. With that in mind, let's take a look at five questions that must be answered during training camp.

5. Will Special Teams be Improved?

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5. Will Special Teams be Improved?

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For the past few seasons, special teams has been a weak spot in Sean Payton's squad. Darren Sproles and Lance Moore were the centerpieces to the return game, but they're gone. The versatile Travaris Cadet is now the frontrunner to take over those duties along with rookie WR Brandin Cooks. The speedy Joe Morgan may get some reps as well. Can these guys be the difference makers and help the offense by improving field position?

4. Can They Stop the Run?

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4. Can They Stop the Run?

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New Orleans finished as the No. 4 overall defense last year, but the team still ranked 19th in yards allowed on the ground (111.6 per game). The Saints have certainly stacked up this offseason, but will they find improvement in that area of the defense? This should be one of the main focuses for Rob Ryan's unit heading into training camp.

3. Will They Find New Leadership on Defense?

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3. Will They Find New Leadership on Defense?

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Releasing veterans Roman Harper and Jonathan Vilma was the way to go, but who will fill those roles as leaders on the defense? Vilma was no doubt the vocal leader and Harper brought incredible team morale. The Saints have extreme talent on defense, but some of these guys just don't have the right character traits to lead a unit. However, the addition of 12-time Pro Bowl CB Champ Bailey may be the answer. I'm looking at Curtis Lofton as well.

2. Will Pass Protection Improve?

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2. Will Pass Protection Improve?

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The pass protection for Drew Brees was a bit shaky at times last season. Left tackle and center should be the main focus for the Saints in training camp. Tim Lelito, who has no game-time experience at center, will be making the switch from backup guard to starting center with the 35-year-old Jonathan Goodwin as his relief. Terron Amrstead only has a few games under his belt at left tackle, so he will be someone to watch as well.

1. Will They Prepare Themselves Better for Road Games?

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1. Will They Prepare Themselves Better for Road Games?

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It was a classic case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the New Orleans Saints last year -- without the mental instability, of course. The Black and Gold dominated at home in the Superdome, but on the road they were a completely different team. It was like impostors stole their uniforms and ran onto the field. If the Saints want to make a legitimate run at the Super Bowl this year, their game on the road will need to see some improvement.


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