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Saints Breakthrough Player of the Year by SNN Writers

Many NFL teams can attribute some of their success to a player who appeared out of nowhere, had a great performance and had a great career. Sometimes it’s a rookie picked in a lower round. Other times, it’s an experienced player who finds the recipe for success.

The New Orleans Saints have their breakout players. Who could have foreseen the success of a 2017 third-round pick named Alvin Kamara?

Deonte Harty went from an undrafted afterthought to an all-pro kicker returner and underrated receiver. Trey Hendrickson had a solid first three years of his career before landing a big contract in 2020 with 13.5 sacks. Last year, Paulson Adebo went from an interesting third-round pick to a budding young corner player in the league.

So who will be the Saints “breakout” player in 2022?

Saints News Network staff provide you with our candidate selections to watch.

Brendan Boylan

Nov 14, 2021; New Orleans Saints tight end Adam Trautman (82) runs after a catch against the Tennessee Titans. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

November 7, 2021; New Orleans Saints Defensive End Payton Turner (98) tackle Jack Matthews (70) against the Atlanta Falcons. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook – USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints are full of entering Talent for the 2022 NFL season. Yet despite the hype and acquisition spree on the defense in the offseason, one name remains overlooked… 2021 first-round NFL draft pick Payton Turner.

The former Houston Cougars have shown an evolving flash with unparalleled strength and speed, as well as his eagerness to learn and absorb knowledge from the team’s veterans to become a key player on the fringe the core of the organization.

If Turner stays healthy this season, expect him to fill the rotation well on the defensive line and tally some failed tackles and 6+ sacks for the Black and Gold.

John Hendricks

November 14, 2021; New Orleans Saints tight end Adam Troutman (82) in a match against the Tennessee Titans The team runs after the game. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts – USA TODAY Sports

Saints Breakthrough Candidate: Adam Troutman. Last year seemed like the perfect time for Troutman to break out, but quarterback injuries and inconsistencies didn’t quite help.


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Going into this season, everyone understands how much the Saints are loaded at wide receiver, and they know what to expect from Alvin Kamara’s “Boom and Zoom” Mark Ingram. The defense will be busy all season, and that’s probably the best thing that’s ever happened to Adam Troutman.

He’ll see some good goals, which in turn should lead to his best season with the Saints. Another player to watch out for will be from the same draft class as Cesar Ruiz.

Kyle T. Mosley

Chris Olave in Preseason

2022 Aug 26; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Chris Olaf (12) warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lu – USA TODAY Sports Chris Olave in Preseason

Wide receiver Chris Olaf may be a rookie, but you have a feeling he’s going to be like a New Orleans veteran this season play ball.

I hope Olaf has 50+ catches, 700+ yards and 6+ touchdowns and is a strong testament to being the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He’s already 12-1 in Vegas.

Bob Ross

Nov 7, 2021; New Orleans Saints defensive end Payton Turner (98) against Atlanta Falcons tackle Jake Matthews (70). Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

October 10, 2021; Saints cornerback Paulson Adebo (29 ) intercepts a pass to Washington receiver Curtis Samuel (10). Mandatory Credit: Jeff Burke – USA TODAY

He has been arraigned and, but I believe we are only seeing the beginning of what Paulson Adebo can do. With the 10th corner pick selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, Adebo started every game as a rookie.

against perennial pro bowler Marshon Lattimore with 3 interceptions, 8 pass interruptions and 4 tackles in 66 total stops Loss tied for the lead.

Often positioned as a rookie, Adebo only surrendered a 61.8 percent completion rate to opposing quarterbacks. He looked even better this summer throughout training camp with the Saints’ top receiver.

*NoticeAdebo will miss Sunday’s season opener in Atlanta with an ankle injury.

Great man coverage and ball possession I hope Adebo can be a star on an already gifted New Orleans backline.

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