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Thursday, September 3, 2015

New Orleans Saints - 2015 Projections

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Overall Outlook
The Saints struggled with injuries in 2014, which took its toll on the Saints record, which was an ugly 7-9. In 2015, 1st round pick Brandin Cooks is back healthy and New Orleans added C.J. Spiller to their backfield, but the Saints also traded away one of the most dynamic tight ends in the NFL in Jimmy Graham, which will hurt the offense in the red zone. We still see the Saints as a solid team, but don't expect them to be contenders for anything other than a possible NFC south crown.

Offseason Moves
Key additions:RB C.J. Spiller, RB Travaris Cadet, G Mike McGlynn, C Max Unger, DT Kevin Williams, DE/OLB Anthony Spencer, ILB Dannell Ellerbe, CB Brandon Browner, CB Kyle Wilson
Key losses: RB Pierre Thomas, WR Kenny Stills, TE Jimmy Graham, G Ben Grubbs, C Jonathan Goodwin, DT Tyrunn Walker, ILB Curtis Lofton, CB Patrick Robinson, CB Corey White, K Shayne Graham

Offensive Outlook
The Saints offense was all about Drew Brees, but now the team has built a more balanced offense with C.J.Spiller and Max Unger in the mix. We see the squad producing consistent, solid numbers, with a chance of an outburst in any week. The loss of Graham hurts, but Cooks and Hill should be able to pick up most of that slack. Look for this offense to continue humming right along..

Projections - 2015
QB1 - Drew Brees - Passing - 4500 yds /30 tds 
RB1 - Mark Ingram - Rushing - 1000 yds / 10 tds  Receiving - 40 recs / 275 yds / 1 td
RB2 - C.J. Spiller - Rushing - 600 yds / 4 tds  Receiving - 40 recs / 300 yds / 2 tds
WR1 - Brandin Cooks - Receiving - 100 recs / 1250 yds / 9 tds
WR2 - Marques Colston - Receiving - 65 recs / 850 yds / 7 tds
WR3 - Brandon Coleman - Receiving - 40 recs / 500 yds / 4 tds
TE1 - Josh Hill - Receiving - 45 recs / 400 yds / 4 tds

Defensive Outlook
The Saints defense was terrible 2014, ranking 28th in points allowed and 31st in yards allowed. Browner, Ellerbe, and Spencer should help a little, and drafting rookies Anthony Spencer and Hau'oli Kikaha will eventually be an upgrade, but we still need to see more out of this unit to trust them.  We recommend looking elsewhere for DST options in 2015, however, the team has plenty of IDP options for reasonable prices.

Projections - 2015
DE1 - Cameron Jordan - 55 total Ts / 12 sacks / 5 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
DE2 - Akiem Hicks - 45 total Ts / 4 sacks / 1 passes defensed / 1 total TO
DT1 - John Jenkins - 35 total Ts / 1 sack / 2 passes defensed / 1 total TO

DT2 - Kevin Williams - 20 total Ts / 1 sack / 2 passes defensed / 1 total TO
OLB1 - David Hawthorne -  90 total Ts / 2 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
OLB2 - Hau'oli Kikaha - 65 total Ts / 3 sacks / 1 pass defensed / 2 total TOs
MLB - Stephone Anthony - 120 total Ts / 2 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
ILB2 - David Hawthorne - 90 total Ts / 2 sacks / 4 passes defensed / 4 total TOs
CB1 - Keenan Lewis - 55 total Ts / 0 sacks / 15 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
CB2 - Brandon Browner - 40 total Ts / 0 sacks / 10 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
S1 - Kenny Vaccaro - 125 total Ts / 0 sacks / 6 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
S2 - Jairus Byrd -  75 total Ts / 1 sack / 8 passes defensed / 4 total TOs

Schedule


Depth Charts
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PosNoPlayer 1NoPlayer 2NoPlayer 3NoPlayer 4NoPlayer 5
Offense
LWR12COLSTON, MARQUES 06/715Jones, Seantavius CF1413Morgan, Joseph CF1117MORGAN, JOSH U/Chi
RWR10Cooks, Brandin 14/116Coleman, Brandon CF1483Snead, Willie SF14
LT72Armstead, Terron 13/379Harris, Bryce P/Atl67Becton, Nick P/NYG
LG68Lelito, Tim CF1363MCGLYNN, MIKE U/KC62Lemon, Cyril CF15
C60Unger, Max T/Sea65Kelemete, Senio SF1366Golic, Mike SF14
RG73EVANS, JAHRI 06/461Hickey, Sean CF15
RT64STRIEF, ZACH 06/775Peat, Andrus 15/1
TE82WATSON, BENJAMIN U/Cle89Hill, Josh CF1381Charles, Orson SF1487SMITH, ALEX SF1500Manhertz, Chris SF15
QB9BREES, DREW U/SD7MCCOWN, LUKE U/Atl4Griffin, Ryan CF1318Grayson, Garrett 15/3
FB35Johnson, Austin CF1244Opurum, Toben SF14
RB22Ingram, Mark 11/129Robinson, Khiry CF1328Spiller, CJ U/Buf34Hightower, Tim SF1527Baker, Edwin SF14
RB48Murphy, Marcus 15/7
Defense
LDE76Hicks, Akiem 12/355Tull, Davis 15/578Richardson, Bobby CF1590Barnes, Tavaris CF15
NT92Jenkins, John 13/374Mabry, Ashaad CF15
DT93WILLIAMS, KEVIN U/Sea95Davison, Tyeler 15/571Eulls, Kaleb CF15
RDE94Jordan, Cameron 11/198HARALSON, PARYS T/SF
SLB45Kikaha, Hau'oli 15/291Edebali, Kasim CF1458Anderson, Justin SF15
MLB57HAWTHORNE, DAVID U/Sea50Anthony, Stephone 15/154Franklin, Jerry SF14
WLB59Ellerbe, Dannell T/Mia53Humber, Ramon SF1052Coley, Henry CF15
LCB21Lewis, Keenan U/Pit23Jean-Baptiste, Stanley 14/220Dixon, Brian CF1424Wilson, Kyle U/NYJ00Seamster, Sammy W/Mia
SS32Vaccaro, Kenny 13/133SANFORD, JAMARCA SF14
FS31Byrd, Jairus U/Buf25Bush, Rafael W/Den30Phillips, Kenny SF1442Warren, Pierre P/Min
RCB39BROWNER, BRANDON CC/NE40Breaux, Delvin SF1538Swann, Damian 15/5
Special Teams
P6Morstead, Thomas 09/5
PK2Hocker, Zach SF155Hopkins, Dustin SF14
LS47Drescher, Justin CF10
H7MCCOWN, LUKE U/Atl
KO6Morstead, Thomas 09/52Hocker, Zach SF155Hopkins, Dustin SF14
PR28Spiller, CJ U/Buf10Cooks, Brandin 14/148Murphy, Marcus 15/7
KR28Spiller, CJ U/Buf10Cooks, Brandin 14/148Murphy, Marcus 15/7
Reserves
RES80Tabb, Jack IR62Virgil, Lawrence IR70Brewster, Mike IR55Tull, Davis 15/585Brock, Kevin IR
RES00Brown, Austin IR99SPENCER, ANTHONY IR36Williams, PJ IR56Powell, Ronald IR43Sunseri, Vinnie IR
RES88Toon, Nick IR

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