After multiple years of running a (very successful) pass-heavy offense, the New Orleans Saints’ offense looks like it will be fueled by the run game.
Earlier this offseason, the Saints traded star tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks for center Max Unger and a first round pick, which was used to select linebacker Stephone Anthony 31st overall. The Saints also traded wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for LB Dannell Ellerbe and a third round pick.
The Saints’ defense will be much improved compared to the 2014 unit that ranked 31st in yards/game, but their offense will also look very different.
The team bolstered the offensive line with Unger and first round pick Andrus Peat, and added speed with running back CJ Spiller. RB Mark Ingram will get plenty of touches as well.
The Saints are trying to improve from their 7-9 2014 season, and time will tell if the offseason transactions and overall philosophical shift pays off.