In this series we are taking a look at players on the Saints roster that will either live up to their potential, or exceed expectation. This week we take a look at Tre’Quan Smith and what could be in his sophomore season. Smith was selected in the third round by the Saints in the 2018 draft.
Smith came out of college with a reputation as a big play receiver whose game still needed some development. While playing at the University of Central Florida for 3 years, he did put up some nice numbers with 2,748 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns. The schemes UCF ran were designed to leave Smith wide open, and that left many scouts concerned with his ability to run routes. But, aside from that there was not much else to knock on him about, and most scouts agreed that getting Smith anywhere from the third round down would be a steal.
Smiths rookie campaign for the Saints had a few very bright moments and several moments that left fans wanting. Most of his season stats came from 2 games against Washington and Philadelphia. Although 28 receptions, 427 receiving yards, and 5 touchdowns, are not much to get excited over, it is still a far cry from a terrible season.
With an aging Ted Ginn, and an under preforming often injured Cam Meredith, the Saints really need someone to step up in the complimentary role to all world receiver Michael Thomas. If there is anyone on the team primed to fill that role it should be Smith, and having a full year under his belt he should have a better understanding of the offense. Also, the addition of Jared Cook in the off-season was huge, and will definitely open up more chances in the offense. When opposing D’s have to account for Kamara, Thomas, and Cook, that is going to leave favorable match ups for Smith to exploit. Everything seems to indicate that Smith is ready to make the leap and have a breakout year. WHODAT!!!
Prediction of season stats:
Receiving yards: 837