Jeremy Shockey gives the Saints' explosive offense another dimension. Head coach Sean Payton has been looking for a dependable pass-catching tight end to integrate into his offense since his arrival in New Orleans in 2006.
The Saints have not had a reliable pass-catching tight end since 1995, when they had Wesley Walls.
Quarterback Drew Brees racked up over 4,000 yards last year despite the lack of a consistent second option or a reliable tight end. Not only is Shockey good enough to be a reliable threat over the middle, he can be that second option to pair with wide receiver Marques Colston.
The presence of Shockey will relieve Colston from facing constant double teams and allow for a number two wide receiver to develop.
Last year's New York Giants' offensive weapons are similar to this year's Saints' weapons in that they both have a big play-making number one wide receiver (Plaxico Burress and Colston), Jeremy Shockey at tight end, an old receiver on the down end of his career (Amani Toomer and David Patten), and a young receiver looking to establish himself as a quality number two wide receiver (Steve Smith and Robert Meachem).
Not to be overlooked is Shockey's attitude. If Payton can convince Shockey to harness that attitude, Shockey's emotion will positively affect the Saints on the field.