Atlanta Falcons Enemy Watch: A look at the New Orleans Saints

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Dec 21, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) catches the ball over Atlanta Falcons free safety Dezmen Southward (41) during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Falcons won 30-14. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

FB: What are your thoughts on the Saints’ offseason?

JH: I’m doing my best to not gush at how great this offseason went for the Saints. I admit that I was beyond shocked to hear about Jimmy Graham being traded away to the Seahawks, but after I thought about it a little bit, I understood the reasoning behind it. All of the credit goes to Mickey Loomis, general manager of the Saints.

If you honestly would have told me this team would have gained the amount and caliber of veterans they did like C.J. Spiller, Brandon Browner, Max Unger, and Dannell Ellerbe. Furthermore, how about nine draft picks? They addressed the gaping holes on the team, and there’s a lot to be excited about in New Orleans.

FB: On the note of Jimmy Graham, how much does his departure hurt the team?

JH: I just talked about this the other day, saying how the predictable the Saints had become with Jimmy Graham. It’s hard to picture an offense without Jimmy Graham, but you have to remember that the team had success before he entered the picture. Josh Hill is someone that Sean Payton and company are very high on, and we’re likely not going to see Graham-like production, but it simply allows Drew Brees to do what he does best: spread the ball around.

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