This article is going to contain the comeback players of 2009 for the Saints. The Saints were an injury prone team last year and were without several starters, this list will contain the come back players and the impact they could possibly have and how they are important to the team. All of these players did not miss the entire 2008 season; some missed most of it. These are strictly players who were actually on the Saints roster in 2008. Now many people say the Saints did not have many draft picks this year, but I look at these injured players and I add them to our draft.
Adrian Arrington was drafted in the seventh round in the 2008 draft. The rookie wide receiver will compete with receivers Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem for the third wide receiver position. The coaching staff speaks very highly of Arrington and when asked in one interview head coach Sean Payton said, "Watch out for Arrington" which to me was a great sign. Watch out for Arrington next year to get reps and rotate in and out with receivers.
Demario Pressley is another player who missed his rookie campaign. Look for Pressley to come in and battle for the second defensive tackle spot. Pressley was injured during training camp and the fact that he was not cut says something about he and the Saints know something no one else does.
Charles Grant missed half of the 2008 season due to injury. In just eight games, grant only recorded three sacks. Grant is one of the highest paid defensive ends in the NFL and has not lived up to the price we have put on him. Grant has the potential to be one of the most dominating defensive ends and has recorded 10 sacks before. Grant will miss four games in 2009 but will hopefully play to his full potential when he returns. Expect to see a better performance in 2009 than in 2008 out of Grant. If not, expect to see the Saints ask for a pay cut.
Jeremy Shockey was added to the Saints through a trade with the New York Giants late into training camp. Shockey was battling through a sports hernia through most of the 2008 season and missed four games, but in 12 games, Shockey recorded 50 receptions with 483 yards, but had no touchdowns on the year. Expect Shockey to improve in 2009 with a whole season under the Saints system. If 100 percent healthy, he should improve his numbers and put up 60-plus receptions with at least five touchdowns.
Tracy Porter was the second round pick in 2008 for the New Orleans Saints. The corner back came in and started from day one and showed some promise. Tracy porter started five games and recorded 25 tackles, five pass deflections, one interception and a sack. Porter is going to compete with Rookie Malcolm Jenkins, Jabari Greer, and Randall Gay for the starting positions.