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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; (Mike Triplett) ESPNís NFL scouting Insider Matt Williamson kept a close eye on the New Orleans Saints this year, joining several of our in-game chats with his thoughts on the team. So I reached out to the former Cleveland Browns ...

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ESPNís NFL scouting Insider Matt Williamson kept a close eye on the New Orleans Saints this year, joining several of our in-game chats with his thoughts on the team. So I reached out to the former Cleveland Browns scout this week to assess the Saints and their needs going forward.

Here are his thoughts on the offense:

Biggest concerns: ďI think priority No. 1 has to be retaining (free-agent tight end) Jimmy Graham. I mean, thatís as big a no-brainer as there is in this offseason. And no matter what they have to do to do that, I assume theyíll franchise him. So I think thereís no chance he leaves New Orleans. Iím not going out on a limb there.

ďBut what worries me -- two things worry me about this offense. First is their offensive line. (Right tackle Zach) Strief and (center Brian) de la Puente are free agents. And (guard) Jahri Evans is expensive. Could he be a cap casualty or a restructure guy? You know, (rookie Terron) Armstead looked good at left tackle. But if theyíre tight on funds, that offensive line could be a problem area. And it showed some warts this past year for the first time in a while.

ďI think both free agents are underrated, particularly Strief. And I think heíll be sought after -- though Iím not sure heís gonna break the bank or anything. And they certainly could use (something like) a third-round pick on whoever moves on. Supposedly itís a pretty good center draft. Maybe thatís the approach to take. Ö I donít know that you can upgrade the offensive line, but you need to at least maintain it.

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If we want to win a championship we must upgrade that line.
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If we want to win a championship we must upgrade that line.
And WR??
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So the only players carried over from 2013 to 2014 are RBs, QB, TE? lol

The line is fine after we get a new C.
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So the only players carried over from 2013 to 2014 are RBs, QB, TE? lol

The line is fine after we get a new C.
And to be honest once Armstead started the whole line looked better, even DLP.
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I don't have the stats to back it up, but I thought DLP looked much better towards the end of the season and into the playoffs as well.
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I don't have the stats to back it up, but I thought DLP looked much better towards the end of the season and into the playoffs as well.
I thought he looked best after the season when he had his helmet off.
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I don't have the stats to back it up, but I thought DLP looked much better towards the end of the season and into the playoffs as well.
Weeks 1-13
6 QB hurries
2 Qb Hits
2 QB sks

14- DP
4 QB hurries
1 Qb hit
1 QB sack

Charles Brown allowed more HU, Hit, Sk than Grubs and Evans combined.

Armstead had a bad game against Car (first game played) then after that pretty much smoked the rest of our line in grading.
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And WR??
Why? Brees has had 3 consecutive 5000 yard passing seasons and has thrown for 4000 or more yards and 30 or more TDs in each of the last 6 years.

So exactly how is changing the receiver core going to improve the offense?

The line needs to be stabilized so that Brees continues to have time to throw for all those yards and TDs without being harassed or sacked.

I really don't see what can be done in the WR corps that will assist in that effort.

Please explain...

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dlp keeps getting pushed back into Drew. Brees needs room to step up and dlp isn't doing the job.
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