by Roderick McLean
The New Orleans Saints season came to an end with a loss against the Minnesota Vikings on January 14th. Case Keenum threw a game winning touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs that some now call the “Minneapolis Miracle” to defeat the saints 29-24.
Even though the season did not end the way the Saints wanted. New Orleans has positioned themselves to be a force in the NFC for years to come.
The Saints success this season was due in large part to a stacked collection of talent in their rookie class. Offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk and safety Marcus Williams were named to the PFWA all-rookie team. Ramczyk played 527 snaps (about 8 games) and was ranked 19th among all tackles.
Marcus Williams will become infamous for not making the play on the game saving tackle against the Vikings. However, not many know that he had a silent impact the Saints all season.
He even had a major interception in the Division game against the Vikings to keep them in the game. Williams also had four interceptions and 73 combined tackles this regular season.
Running back Alvin Kamara won PFWA Co-Offensive Rookie of the Year with Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. Kamara had 728 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. He also had 81 receptions, 826 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns and became one of the most noteworthy young breakout stars in the league.
Cornerback Marshon Lattimore won PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year. He had 52 combined tackles and 5 interceptions. Lattimore showed he can be a difference maker at the cornerback position.
The New Orleans Saints are looking like they can be the NFL team of the future. With young athletes who are fresh out of college producing in major rules, and Drew Brees staying in the Bayou for another couple of seasons, the saints could potentially run the table in the NFC for years to come.