The New Orleans Saints had a strong belief in Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave during this year’s NFL Draft. They made a move up in the first round to secure him. So far, it looks like it may pay off.
Olave is leading rookie receivers in multiple categories. He is also the leading receiver for the Saints this season.
There was no rookie “waiting” period for the Buckeye product. New Orleans has needed him to make plays, and he has done that.
Among the entire NFL, Olave is already looked at as a top deep threat. His speed and downfield ability is elite. There’s still room for development at the catch point, but that will come for the Saints’ rookie.
As of now, he leads the league in air yards, and it isn’t very close.
Air yardage leaders through four weeks:— Jacob Gibbs (@jagibbs_23) October 3, 2022
673 – Chris Olave
453 – Tyreek Hill
440 – CeeDee Lamb
438 – Davante Adams
425 – AJ Brown, Marquise Brown, Courtland Sutton
416 – Terry McLaurin
414 – Mark Andrews, Stefon Diggs
411 – Corey Davis
407 – Diontae Johnson
400 – Ja'Marr Chase
A bit of this is aided by the game scripts from the Saints. They have been losing often in games and need to take shots downfield. Olave is their best option for that.
Jameis Winston has shown that he will push the ball down the field to Olave anytime, though.
Chris Olave would be leading the league in receiving yards if he got a couple more accurate passes on deep throws. Always open.— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) October 3, 2022
Going forward, the Saints will need Winston to be more accurate with those passes whenever he returns. Andy Dalton connected with Olave for a couple of chunk plays this past weekend as well.
Olave’s catch in the final seconds allowed for the Saints to kick the potential game-tying field goal.
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