Upgrades all across the board have the Saints looking much improved:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The New Orleans Saints struggled in 2015 but they had a great off-season and look much better talent wise heading into the 2016 season. After finishing 7-9 last year the Saints knew they had to shake things up a bit in order to be competitive. That meant letting go of the teamā€™s all time receiving leader in Marques Colston and moving forward with a plan for the future. That plan included signing Coby Fleener away from the Indianapolis Colts and drafting Mike Thomas in the second round out of Ohio State. Fleener recorded 491 yards and 3 touchdowns last season and should pair nicely with Drew Brees. While Thomas was one of the better receivers in all of college football recording 9 touchdown receptions. He will also be a huge boost to Brees and the passing game and offensively you have to like some of the moves that New Orleans has made. On the defensive side of the ball the team drafted Sheldon Rankings with their first round pick to solidify their defense. Rankins was outstanding for the Louisville Cardinals and he finished his collegiate career with 18 sacks. The Saints believe that Rankins can be disruptive force upfront for their team and they hope those skills that made him so good in college translate over to the professional level. In order to add more depth to that defensive front the Saints also drafted David Onyemata in the 4th round of the draft and signed Nick Fairley in free agency. Those moves are supposed to provide depth to the Saints defensive line and itā€™s clear they wanted to improve their defensive trenches. The roster upgrades bode well for the Saints future and we will see if they can make some improvement in the tough NFC South. At the end of the day though you have to like that this team is taking steps in the right direction. They need to keep building on the good momentum.

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