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Saints want to get Tre’Quan Smith going in the postseason

Steve Geller
January 03, 2019 - 10:41 am

The offense of the Saints is one of the most explosive in the NFL, but averaged just 19 points a game over the last 5 weeks of the regular season.  Teams have tried to shut down the big names like Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, which means other guys need to step up as those two getting double or triple teamed.

Rookie receiver Tre’Quan Smith had his moments this year, but his production was inconsistent as he finished with 28 catches for 427 yards and 5 touchdowns.  He did miss one contest, but was held without a single catch in six games.   

Smith’s first career TD was a memorable one.  He hauled in a 62 yard pass on ‘Monday Night Football' that made history as Drew Brees broke the NFL’s all-time passing yardage record.

 “I feel like his production has dropped a little bit and it’s important we get him going,” said Saints head coach Sean Payton on his Thursday conference call. 

The 3rd round picks’ production has dipped since week 11 against the Eagles.  In the match-up vs. Philly, Smith had 10 receptions for 157 yards and a score. Since then, though, he has totaled 6 grabs for 56 yards and TD.

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