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ANALYSIS

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

It would be an easy thought flow to believe that the Saints are in fine shape on the offensive side of the ball as this week's draft quickly approaches.

After all, New Orleans finished second in total offense and first in passing offense.

Quarterback Drew Brees, for the third time in his career, surpassed the 5,000-yard passing mark. New Orleans had the 13th-, 19th- and 22nd-highest receiving totals in the NFL.

And New Orleans was third in the NFL in points per game, averaging 28.8 throughout the season.

But though the consensus stands that the Saints need help on defense, they also could use some new blood on offense.

Specifically, the Saints are thin at offensive tackle and receiver.

While there's depth in the sense of numbers on the roster, there's a lack of depth in the sense of experience and ability at receiver.

The same could be said at tackle.

Losing tackle Jermon Bushrod to Chicago in free agency was big. Certainly he's not an elite player in the league. But he is solid and he did start for the past four seasons.

The position is open for Charles Brown to swoop in. Problem is Brown hasn't proven he can stay healthy for an entire season. And behind him you have Bryce Harris.

At receiver, Lance Moore and Marques Colston return. That's good. Joe Morgan returns, too, and if he can build on his season last year, the Saints will have found a budding game-changer.

But beyond that, there's question at the fourth receiver spot. Devery Henderson has re-signed at this point. Nick Toon spent his entire rookie season on the injured reserve and who knows how quickly he can acclimate himself in his second year.

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