Biggest Question Mark: Pierre Thomas
Despite rushing for over 100 yards just once, Thomas was arguable one of the most productive running backs in the game. But is he capable of taking on a bigger role? The loss of Mike Bell means Thomas will be asked to take on a more prominent role in the offense.
Position Battle to Watch: Strong-Side Linebacker
Scott Fujita was a mediocre linebacker for the Saints in 2009. He’s now in Cleveland and the Saints didn’t make any significant attempts to replace him. As a result, JoLonn Dunbar and Clint Ingram will battle for the starting job. In neither player steps up, the position could be a significant weakness for the Saints.
Impact Rookie: Jimmy Graham
Graham enters camp penciled in as the third-string tight end, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have a significant impact on the field. Graham’s athleticism allows the Saints to draw up plays that neither Jeremy Shockey nor David Thomas are capable of running. If used in isolated situations, Graham could be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.