Today's question: The New Orleans Saints parted ways with two of their all-time greats this offseason -- Marques Colston and Jahri Evans. That leaves just four players remaining from the 2009 Super Bowl roster (Drew Brees, Zach Strief, Thomas Morstead and the recently re-signed Roman Harper). As the Saints transition into the next era, who is the best player in New Orleans outside of Brees?
Jenna Laine, Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter: I think Cameron Jordan is an exciting player. I liked Jairus Byrd in Buffalo, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy. I also think Mark Ingram has some special qualities. But Brandin Cooks is the best player in New Orleans aside from Brees. He's got 4.33 speed that will absolutely torch a defense. I think a lot of Bucs fans cringed when the Saints drafted him, and rightfully so.
Vaughn McClure, Atlanta Falcons reporter: Since I don't see another franchise quarterback on the roster, I have to go with another player capable of enhancing the offense. So, my pick is left tackle Terron Armstead, and not just because he's an Illinois native like myself. Although he was inactive for both matchups against the Falcons last season, I've heard rave reviews about Armstead over the years. In fact, one longtime NFL personnel guy told me this about Armstead: "He's a great athlete and he's shutting down that side where you can't get to the quarterback. He's got elite hands and feet. Whenever you have a premium left tackle, they can control the game. He's their next-best player after Drew Brees." The value of a dominant left tackle can't be overstated, particularly when you're a pass-happy offense. Armstead should make the transition to Brees' successor less stressful, and the Saints already locked up Armstead through 2021 with an extension that includes $38 million guaranteed.
David Newton, Carolina Panthers reporter: Wide receiver Brandin Cooks is the most dynamic player, but I'll go with defensive end Cameron Jordan. He can totally disrupt an offense with his ability to get to the quarterback. He has had a combined 30 sacks the past three seasons. He has been good at dropping into coverage when called upon. So the problems on defense aren't him. Put Jordan on Carolina's defense and it couldn't help but be better than it has been -- which has been top 10 in the NFL for four straight years. The Saints just need to spend more to build around him. They need somebody to disrupt the interior of the line so the secondary won't be sitting ducks. Do that, and Jordan could be one of the league's biggest defensive stars.