Tre'Quan Smith Injury Update is Huge Relief for Saints

Devon Platana
The latest Tre'Quan Smith injury update is a huge relief for the New Orleans Saints.
The latest Tre'Quan Smith injury update is a huge relief for the New Orleans Saints. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

When veteran wideout joined the Buffalo Bills over the offseason, it left the New Orleans Saints without a clear-cut No. 2 wideout. After years of talking about his potential, Tre'Quan Smith was pegged to be the guy to fill the void, however, a wrench was thrown into those plans after being sidelined with a leg injury over the past few weeks.

Fortunately, the Saints can breathe a huge sigh of relief as Smith returned to practice on Tuesday. With two-time All-Pro wideout Michael Thomas set to miss the start of the season, New Orleans certainly needs all of its remaining pass-catchers to be as healthy as possible.

Tre'Quan Smith Injury Update

Smith enters the 2021 NFL season following his most productive campaign to date. The fourth-year wideout played 14 games (10 starts) in 2020, finishing with career-highs in receptions (34), receiving yards (448) and yards per game (32.0). He was also reliable whenever he was targeted as proven by his 122.7 passer rating. With Sanders gone and Thomas out for the first few weeks, an increased volume could give fans a chance at seeing what Smith is truly capable of.

Even with a depleted wideout depth chart to open the season, it doesn't look like Smith will be listed as the Saints WR1. Instead, it appears as if that honor will go to 2020 undrafted free agent Marquez Callaway. The 23-year-old caught 77.8% of his targets last year (21-for-27) for 213 receiving yards in a limited role and has been turning heads throughout training camp. If both Smith and Callaway can get off to a strong start to begin the 2021 season, the Saints will be even more dangerous once Thomas returns.

As long as the Saints WR room stays healthy and contributes often, New Orleans has a decent shot at going on a championship run this year. The Saints currently have +3000 odds (T-11th) to win Super Bowl 56, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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