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STATE OF THE FRANCHISEDespite entering the season with Super Bowl aspirations, the 2014 Saints stumbled to a 7-9 record. Behind a porous offensive line, quarterback Drew Brees looked every one of his (then) 35 years old, suffering through his worst season in nearly half a decade. The usually reliable Marques Colston struggled to get separation at wideout. And the defense, simply put, was a disaster.
Despite last year's disappointment, there's reason for optimism entering 2015. The Saints re-signed running back Mark Ingram, who finally broke through in 2014, running with power and even flashing a decent pair of hands. Last year's first-round draft pick Brandin Cooks also returns after his debut season was cut short by a broken thumb that limited him to 10 games. The timing of the ailment was unfortunate, a
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