Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
METAIRIE, La. – You can check off Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris as another person impressed with New Orleans’ offense.
There’s only one problem for Morris – the Saints (4-1) play his Buccaneers (3-2) on Sunday in Tampa, a key NFC South matchup that could extend New Orleans’ lead in the division or bring it back to the pack.
Still, Morris couldn’t have been any more complimentary about the Saints’ offense than he was Wednesday during a teleconference with New Orleans media.
“The Saints are an awesome team to watch,” Morris said. “They’re an awesome team to go play against. It’s very high competition.”
Eleven players have caught passes this season for New Orleans, which owns the NFL’s No. 2 offense and No. 2 passing attack.
“They just have so many things they can do with everybody,” Morris said. “Everybody is so well in-tune with the offense. They do a nice job.”
But the player Morris seems to be impressed with the most when watching New Orleans is tight end Jimmy Graham.
The second-year player leads the Saints and is second in the NFL with 32 catches and his 496 yards also is a team high. And he’s tied for seventh in the NFL in third-down catches with nine.
“What Jimmy Graham has been able to do this year is unbelievable,” Morris said. “He has been physical. He has been fast. He has been violent. That does nothing but open it up for his receivers down the stretch.
“Eventually people are going to demand more attention on Jimmy Graham and that’s going to open it up for Devery, that’s going to open for Marques, that’s going to open it up for Robert Meachem.”