It seemed likely that Josh Hill was going to be the man to step in when the Saints decided to trade Jimmy Graham. That very well may be true, but there's also a strong chance that it's a committee type of situation, which would feature Benjamin Watson getting his fair share of work as well. Regardless, filling the void left by trading Graham won't be easy, so much of the heavy lifting may have to be done by the young group of wide receivers and veteran Marques Colston.
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A Brandin Cooks breakout?
Through 10 games last season, rookie Brandin Cooks had began to make his presence felt. He hauled in 53 receptions for 550 yards and three scores, while rushing for 73 yards and a score as well. The dynamic wide out will give the Saints plenty of options, and Cooks may end up being one of the top statistical receivers in the NFL in 2015 if he lives up to his potential. Don't overlook a second offseason of work for Brees and Cooks, because it may help the duo take the next step.
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Figuring out roles between C.J. Spiller and Mark Ingram
The Saints have put together a pretty dynamic duo in the backfield with C.J. Spiller and Mark Ingram. While Khiry Robinson will still get some work, Spiller and Ingram will be the focal point of the running game. We should probably expect to see Spiller get the bulk of the work in the passing game, while Ingram remains as the workhorse running back. With that said, I'm not going to put anything past Sean Payton and company, so this remains a major question mark heading into the season.
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Can Rob Ryan and the defense turn things around in 2015?
Rob Ryan and the Saints were simply awful on the defensive side of the ball in 2014, but they've made some big moves. Drafting linebacker Stephone Anthony and pass-rusher Hau'oli Kikaha could be huge. On top of that, the Saints hit free agency hard, signing cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Delvin Breaux, as well as defensive end Anthony Spencer. Lastly, the team traded for Dannell Ellerbe, a move which flew a bit under the radar. Expect the No. 31 defense from 2014 in terms of total yards allowed, to make a drastic step in the right direction this season.
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Which young wide receiver will step up?
The Saints traded away Kenny Stills, meaning that they're looking for the answer at WR3 to pair up with Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston. So, who will make the most of the opportunity and grab the starting job? It seems to be coming down to Nick Toon, Seantavius Jones and Brandon Coleman for the job, with Toon currently sitting as the favorite in the eyes of many. Whoever ends up stepping up will likely see their fair share of work in 2015, so this is an important role they'll be filling.