The New Orleans Saints finished the 2021 season with a 9-8 record, which was good for second-place in the NFC South standings, but they barely missed out of the playoffs. Head coach Sean Payton retired after the season and was replaced by Dennis Allen.
New Orleans averaged 21.4 points per game, which was 19th in the league. They gave up 19.7 points per game, which was fourth.
Jameis Winston completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,170 yards, 14 touchdowns. And three interceptions before going down with a season-ending injury. He is expected to be ready for the start of the season.
Alvin Kamara led the team with 898 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He also had 439 receiving yards and five touchdowns. While Marquez Callaway led the team with 698 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
After missing the entire 2021 season, the Saints expect Michael Thomas to be ready to go this season. In his last full season, he broke the NFL single-season receptions record with 149 grabs. Even if he is not the same player he was in 2019, his return represents a huge upgrade to a unit that struggled last season.
The Saints added more depth at the receiver position by signing former Cleveland receiver Jarvis Landry and selecting former Ohio State receiver Chris Olave with the 11th pick in the draft.
New Orleans Saints Season preview
New Orleans’ defense was one of the best in the league last season and they should be just as good. If not better than they were last season after adding former Jets safety Marcus Maye and former Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu. They also selected former Tennessee cornerback Alontae Taylor in the draft to give them depth in their secondary.