The New Orleans Saints are marching into their 50th year of playing football in the National Football League. With that being said, 2016 could be a special year for a few individuals that wear the Black and Gold. In today’s post, we will list five players that could have a breakout season with the Saints in 2016.
1. Mark Ingram: RB
Last season, Mark Ingram came up 240 yards shy of having the first ever 1,000-yard campaign in his career. He missed the final games of the 2015 season with a shoulder injury that limited the type of season that fans were expecting out of him wearing the Black and Gold. Barring another setback due to injury, Mark Ingram could be a dominating force for the Saints going into 2016.
2. Coby Fleener: TE
Just about every tight end that has played in the Sean Payton/Drew Brees Era in New Orleans has put up some spectacular numbers in their career wearing the Saints uniform. Tight ends such as, Jimmy Graham and Benjamin Watson are some names that come to mind. You can now add newly acquired tight end Coby Fleener to that list. Fleener put up some decent numbers while he played for the Colts during the years 2012 to 2015. If he can stay healthy, his name will be mentioned with some of the best tight ends in the game such as Rob Gronkowski, Greg Olsen, and Travis Kelsey.
3. Brandin Cooks: WR
In 2015, wide receiver Brandin Cooks posted his first ever 1,000-yard season with the Saints. With the addition of rookie wide receiver, Michael Thomas and a potential two-headed monster in the backfield, the Saints offense looks like it could be the best we have seen since the 2011 season. Defensive coordinators could have a difficult time trying to figure out who to focus on in regards to the Saints wide receivers. If that is the case, Cooks could become the Saints version of Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. I believe this guy is that good.
4. Delvin Breaux: CB
Falcon’s wide receiver Julio Jones had one of the best seasons ever in NFL history when he hauled in 1,871 receiving yards and eight touchdown receptions in 2015. However, during the season series with the Saints, Jones appeared to look human. The man responsible for Jones subpar performance against the Saints is the cornerback Delvin Breaux. Coming over from the CFL, Breaux played the game with reckless abandon. Whenever he steps on the field, he puts forth a 100 percent effort into shutting down the opposing team’s best wide receiver. With new defensive coordinator, Dennis Allen’s guidance, we could see a more disciplined Delvin Breaux in 2016.
5. Stephone Anthony: MLB
During his rookie season, Saints linebacker Stephone Anthony was called upon to do a lot for the defense in 2015. With one-year of experience under his belt, the sky is the limit for Anthony and the rest of the Saints young defense. In his rookie season, Anthony showed flashes of being a premier middle linebacker in the National Football League. If everything comes to plan for this young defense in the upcoming year, Stephone Anthony could be one of Sean Payton’s best first round selections during his tenure in New Orleans.
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