Likely more so than any of the Jets’ recent opponents, Drew Brees is the obvious choice if we’re talking about winning a game today. He’s one of the all-time greatest quarterbacks who has yet to show a sign of slowing down, still capable of delivering money throws all over the field both inside and outside the pocket while retaining his durability. He is still an automatic multi-win difference maker year after year for New Orleans. If you’re building a team that needs to win one game, and your first pick has to be a Saints player, you’re probably not trying to win if that pick isn’t Brees.
Let’s make things interesting, though. This is a 9-4 team loaded with young talent. Instead of letting Brees hog the votes, we’ll give the rest of the Saints an opportunity. So, sorry Drew, but you’re out of this one.
Offensively, the Saints have some great young weapons. 24-year old former Buckeye Michael Thomas is on the verge of his second straight 1000 yard season to start his career.
Rookie running back Alvin Kamara is lighting the league on fire with video game numbers. You hear that phrase thrown around a lot, but in this case it is applicable as Kamara’s stats are just not realistic. 608 rushing yards (47 per game) on a godlike 7.0 yards per attempt with 7 touchdowns, to go with 639 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns with a yards per reception of 10.3, an absurd average for a running back. Efficiency numbers at that volume haven’t been seen since the 50s.
Mark Ingram will be 28 in less than a couple weeks, but has also been lights-out. He’s 9th in rush yards per game (75) and 2nd in touchdowns (9). The Saints also boast an offensive line full of talent, including rookie RT Ryan Ramczyk (23), LG Andrus Peat (24), LT Terron Armstead (26), and C Max Unger (31).
The Saints defense is the biggest surprise sparking the run. Rookie CB Marshon Lattimore has been one of the league’s lockdown corners out of the gate in his rookie season. Cameron Jordan is doing his thing again with 10.0 sacks.
This is as difficult of a choice as any of the teams we’ve ran this poll for this season. The Saints have so many players who can plug holes on this Jets team. All things considered, I’d go Lattimore. Cornerback is arguably the Jets’ biggest need outside of offensive line and quarterback. A 23-year old shutdown corner would make a world of difference for any team, especially one as thin at the position as the Jets are.
So, which non-Drew Brees Saint would you most want on the Jets?
Which non-QB Saint would you most want on the Jets?
This poll is closed