The New Orleans Saints have a historically explosive offense. In case you missed it, the team blew away the league-wide previous high in single-season passing yardage a season ago.
That didn't happen by accident. The team didn't fall into the mark by dumb luck.
Pass protection was good enough to allow Drew Brees time to throw.
Receivers manipulated defenders effectively to get open more times than not.
And when Pete Carmichael took the reins of the offense, the unit became less predictable than they were with Sean Payton calling the plays.
Though the receivers' impact could not be ignored, it isn't as if the unit played any better as a group than any other receiving corps in the league. In other words, they benefit greatly from Drew Brees and the offensive ingenuity provided by Payton and Carmichael.
There's nothing wrong with that, until production begins to dip, as it seems to have in this preseason.
Once that takes place, guys must step up. Here are the group of players who must step up for the Saints offense to remain among the league's finest in the passing game.