PFT preseason power rankings No. 19: New Orleans Saints – New Orleans Saints News

PFT preseason power rankings No. 19: New Orleans Saints – New Orleans Saints News

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There are changes every year in the NFL, but a few things we have come to count on.

Drew Brees is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Sean Payton’s one of the most creative offensive minds, and the Saints defense continues to serve as the anchor for both, dragging them to the bottom of the division.

They made significant changes this offseason, but not enough to fix a defense that needed help at every level.

But they also tinkered with the offense, adding an all-time running back in Adrian Peterson, and trading a star wide receiver (Brandin Cooks) to the Patriots.

It’s a risky bet, fiddling with the one things they can more or less count on. But the Saints have to evolve if they want to keep up with the Falcons and Buccaneers and Panthers, who each in their own way create offensive matchup problems.

The Saints have more issues on the other side of the ball than the rest of their division, which probably leaves them as the clear fourth of four.

Biggest positive change: They continued to bring in reinforcements for what has been a historically bad defense. Getting inside linebacker A.J. Klein away from the Panthers could be a good piece of business, and drafting cornerback Marshon Lattimore and safety Marcus Williams could lend immediate benefits. Mixing in linebacker Manti Te’o provides some quality depth which they have lacked.

They have a long way to go before they can be considered mediocre, but they’re at least on the road toward something other than awful.

Biggest negative change: The Saints cut bait on historical free agent bust Jairus Byrd, but their biggest problems were not related to…

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