It’s easy to critique the New Orleans Saints over the past couple of years. They’ve made plenty of questionable decisions, and those have continued even over the past couple of weeks.

Regardless, they made one decision last year that deserves tons of credit. I

t’s a move that can change the trajectory of their offense over the next few seasons. The Saints brought in undrafted free agent wide receiver Rashid Shaheed.

During training camp, the staff loved Shaheed’s game. Multiple plugged-in reporters in New Orleans passionately vouched for the young wideout, too. They could all see that his elite athleticism could play at the NFL level.

That was absolutely the case as well.

Shaheed didn’t get the ball very often this past season due to a multitude of reasons. That being said, he was an impressive special teams returner. On offense, he made massive plays, too.

Shaheed is extremely explosive, and he showed that the Saints just need to find ways to get the ball in his hands. Now, that didn’t happen enough, but they will adjust that for next season and beyond, hopefully because his talent and impact is quite clear.

Shaheed’s efficiency at receiver was the best in the entire league from a yards per target point of view.

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The speed and elusiveness from Shaheed is world class.

It is a wonder how he went undrafted, but the Saints are sure glad that they caught him when they did. Shaheed needs to be a key component of the offense going forward.

Honestly, there is a case where he is the WR2 behind Chris Olave next season and fulfills a lot more production for the Saints.

With Michael Thomas seemingly on his way out, Shaheed deserves more of the spotlight in New Orleans. He’s an exciting, talented youngster for a team that needs to get back on track on offense.

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