Staying wholesome is the precedence of Tre-Quan Smith after re-signing with New Orleans for a 2-year contract. The four-year veteran returned to his acquainted territory after being courted this offseason by the Saints’ most-hated rival in Atlanta.
The UCF product was glad to remain a Saint and return dwelling. “New Orleans is truthfully like dwelling for me,” Smith talked about to John Hendrix. ” I have been right here my total time from once I left faculty, and simply truthfully being round Jameis once more, an exquisite, great teammate, an exquisite man simply generally. Final yr, we had some issues deliberate, however then a whole lot of issues went sideways.”
The “sideways” half refers back to the accidents his teammates, together with himself, sustained through the 2021-22 season. Smith instructed me that his aim to remain wholesome was “type of repetitive, yr in, and yr out.” For the reason that 2019 season, Tre’Quan has missed 13 video games resulting from sickness or harm, largely decrease leg accidents. You can sense Smith’s frustration on the subject. “I hope this yr goes to be a yr I keep totally wholesome, and I pray on it.”
The Saints’ new power and conditioning workers have Smith stretching extra this offseason. Since most of his issues are decrease leg, I questioned what recommendation he acquired from medical professionals. “The most important factor is to ensure I do not skip any any any steps and ensure I get an actual good stretch and get an actual good warm-up.”
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New Orleans will want a wholesome Tre’Quan Smith for 2022-23. Ought to Michael Thomas return to full power, pairing him within the beginning lineup with Smith and third-year wideout Callaway shall be good targets for Jameis Winston. The Saints are searching for extra of a dynamic presence downfield. Deonte Harris caught two lengthy touchdowns from Winston’s bombs towards Inexperienced Bay and Washington. Mickey Loomis and the Saints scouts have been taking a look at drafting a large receiver. One identify on the radar is Ohio State’s vast receiver Chris Olave. After New Orleans traded with the Eagles and secured two first-round draft picks within the 2022 NFL Draft, a younger, speedy vast receiver will match properly in Pete Carmichael’s offense.
For now, Tre’Quan Smith’s veteran know-how will assist in a crowded younger receiver corps with Baker, McCleskey, Winston Jr, Merritt, and former No. 1 draft choose, Kevin White.
“I simply bought to maintain my religion. No telling what God has in retailer. I simply want to remain wholesome, and all the pieces else goes to come back alongside,” remarked Smith. A wholesome Tre’Quan provides to the offensive weaponry, downfield blocking, and offensive consistency. Constants have not been the case for the Saints the previous two seasons. Can it’s the case for 2022?
We will see.