Despite sustaining their first loss of the season, the New Orleans Saints are off to a fine start in 2013, and much of the credit for their early success is due to a number of newcomers making a massive impact.
Sure, the Saints dropped a 30-27 heartbreaker to the New England Patriots this past Sunday. But with a 5-1 record, they still enjoy a comfortable lead in the NFC South divisional race. New Orleans is also one of the NFC's early contenders for home field advantage in the playoffs.
The Saints can thank their fast start to some significant roster upgrades that include both draft picks and free agent acquisitions. Many of these fresh faces stepped to forefront early on this season, and showcased their ability to be part of a winning formula.
Following are six newcomers making an immediate impact for the Saints this season: