Jun 12, 2018; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) participates in drills during minicamp at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Anytime an NFL roster holds a future Hall of Fame quarterback, yet Drew Brees isn’t the most anticipated member of that roster for fans to get their first glimpse at for a given season, your roster is in good shape. The New Orleans Saints are that team this season as Brees once again headlines the returning cast of characters in the Bayou. Brees finished the 2017 season as the league’s most accurate quarterback, throwing for a league-high 80.7 adjusted completion percentage.
However, several other key pieces returning to New Orleans this summer are grabbing headlines this offseason. Alvin Kamara enters camp on the heels of his phenomenal 2017 season. You can say the same of the former Ohio State duo, second-year cornerback Marshon Lattimore and rising third-year wide receiver Michael Thomas. Patrick Robinson rejoins the team after putting forth his best season as a pro, and the league’s top coverage grade in the slot with the Philadelphia Eagles last season. Either way you look at it though, this roster is packed full of talent and skilled playmakers across the board – so what are the burning questions as we enter training camp?
Players returning from injuries
The Saints will have the services of several players who either spent some or all of the 2017 season rehabbing or treating injuries. Wide receiver Cameron Meredith joins the fold having missed all of last season with a knee injury. He hauled in 66 receptions on 95 targets in 2016 for a 99.8 passer rating when targeted. He finished second in the league that year, with a 70.0 percent catch rate on deep targets as Meredith hauled in 7-of-10 deep passes for four touchdowns, the fourth most of any receiver.
Offensive lineman Andrus Peat…