It’s been an offseason of transition for the New Orleans Saints, and the changes the team has implemented at the wide receiver position should make for a deeper, more dynamic receiving corps in 2014.
Coach Sean Payton runs a fast-paced, pass-heavy offense in New Orleans, and having a capable group of wide receivers is essential for the Drew Brees-led unit to be successful.
Although the Saints fielded another potent offense in 2013, the wide receiving corps failed to perform up to its usually high standards. In fact, only one New Orleans wideout (Marques Colston) was among the team's top four receivers. The group struggled to get open against some of the league’s better secondaries and was physically manhandled in two losses to the Seattle Seahawks.
General manager Mickey Loomis and the Saints front office made significant adjustments this offseason.
The first order of business was to release 30-year-old veteran Lance Moore. New Orleans then traded up in the first round of the 2014 draft to select explosive Oregon State wideout Brandin Cooks. The Saints also signed some highly regarded undrafted free agents at the position, and a couple of these acquisitions could compete for roster spots.
These transactions should result in a stronger, more reliable receiving corps in 2014 as New Orleans sets its sights on another playoff run.
Following, in descending order, is a detailed analysis of the current group of Saints wide receivers, with each slide representing a slot on the depth chart.