The New Orleans Saints have brought some new faces to their roster in the 2023 NFL off-season, which means some old faces won’t be able to return. As we gear up for a season of roster cuts, we need to see who doesn’t fit in. David Kenyon of Bleacher Report saw veteran receiver Tre’Quan Smith as one of the potential odd men out. Here was his reasoning:
After a promising rookie year in 2018, Tre’Quan Smith hasn’t broken through yet. He had a steady presence in New Orleans, but to date, has racked up 34 receptions in 2020. If the Saints are comfortable with AT Perry and Brian Edwards behind the starters, Smith could be ruled out.
Smith has been a great run-blocking body for the Saints, but sadly, he has been far too reliable. While that means something, it may not be enough to keep a roster spot when combined with his history of missing a season at a time.
There are three receivers ahead of Smith that I would consider locks to make the roster. He will have to fight with the likes of AT Perry, James Washington, Malik Flowers and Brian Edwards for the bottom of the depth chart. Whether it’s age, ability or relationship with Derek Carr, Smith just doesn’t seem to fit the roster puzzle. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets cut, but he’ll also be put on the practice squad if he doesn’t go anywhere else.