This article is part of our Team Previews series.STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
After a one-year hiatus, the Saints returned to the playoffs in 2013. They stormed to an 8-2 record to start the season before eventually finishing 11-5, a mere game behind the Panthers for the NFC South crown. Though the season would end in disappointing fashion – stifled by the Seahawks defense for the second time in just over a month's time in the NFC Divisional Round – the Saints returned to their high-flying offensive ways after the reinstatement of coach Sean Payton following a year-long suspension in 2012.
Leading the charge once again in 2014 will be star quarterback Drew Brees. Though Brees loses a couple of his favorite offensive toys in Darren Sproles (traded to the Eagles) and Lance Moore (signed as free agent by the Steelers), superstar pass-catcher Jimmy Graham (86 receptions, 1,215 yards, 16 touchdowns) and veteran wideout Marques Colston (75 receptions, 943 yards, five touchdowns) anchor the offense, along with a grou
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