The Saints Brought Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, And More In For Workouts As They Try To Solidify Themselves At Wide Receiver
A ringing endorsement for Cameron Meredith, this is most certainly not. I don't know if the holdup is physical, mental, or some combination of the two, but the man who was signed to compliment the passing game alongside Michael Thomas has been sporadic at best in his contributions. Add to that the fact that Ted Ginn Jr. is on IR, Austin Carr is underwhelming, and Tre'Quan Smith is still coming into his own as a reliable receiver, and it's not hard to see why the Saints might want to add someone with more of a track record to their receiving core.
That's not to say that any of the names above really excite me, as there is a reason they are all available. Aiken's first name might as well be 'Kameh', and give Brandon Marshall enough time alone with it and and he could sour a relationship with a watermelon. However, I do think that Sean Payton is exactly the kind of coach that could coax the best out of someone like Dez Bryant. I wouldn't have been on board with the idea at the beginning of the season, as the options seemed plentiful in a way that made up for being unproven, but if they really feel as though they need another playmaker on the outside then one that wears a chip on his shoulder that sort of matches that of Michael Thomas could be interesting.
I don't know that any flawed, aging wideout is going to make all that much of a difference in an offense that's got no shortage of weapons, but there were a couple of jump balls that fell harmlessly to the ground in big situations on Sunday and for what Dez Bryant lacks in fundamentals he makes up for in the size and strength he brings to the position. Plus, after seeing how irked some were by Michael Thomas' salute to both Joe Horn and Saints' history, I kind of just like the idea of doubling-down by adding another personality to a room that's shown itself entirely capable of integrating them.
Of course, these workouts could very well just be due diligence. Still, adding a scorned Dez Bryant that's spent way too much time on the scrap heap not to be humbled doesn't seem like anywhere near as awful an idea as it once did, though I'd definitely stop short of calling it a great idea until proven otherwise.