5 sneaky threats for the Panthers to worry about vs. the Saints in Week 2

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Marquez Callaway – WR

The New Orleans Saints wide receiver room is a bit of a mess right now. Their All-Pro wide receiver, Michael Thomas, is out for the foreseeable future, and outside of Alvin Kamara, all the receptions will be going to unproven wideouts.

This can spell for a tricky situation about who to key in on defense. Still, the preseason gave a good indication about the Jameis Winston-Marquez Callaway connection and should be considered a threat against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Looking at Saints’ box score from their Week 1 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, this may come as a surprise but that shouldn’t be a representation of Callaway’s performance. New Orleans dominated from start to finish with Winston throwing five touchdowns on just 20 pass attempts.

Against the Packers, Callaway brought down only one pass on two targets for 14 yards.

Still, his preseason performances are a reason to be alarmed about him.

In the Saints’ second warmup game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Winston connected with Callaway five times for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Both scores were incredibly difficult catches for anyone to make, especially for an unproven second-year player, but the wideout adjusted to make a play on the ball to attain success.

Callaway played the most snaps of any Saints receiver against the Packers and if Sunday’s game remains close, Winston will have to throw the ball more which will likely yield to more targets.

Regardless, Callaway remains listed as a starter on the Saints depth chart and could spell trouble downfield. Most of his snaps came as the outside receiver, which will line him up against rookie Jaycee Horn or fourth-year corner Donte Jackson.