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2021 NFL Power Rankings: New Orleans Saints

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New Orleans Saints rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Saints in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Most improved player: WR Deonte Harris

How they've improved: Harris was already an All-Pro return specialist as an undrafted rookie in 2019. But now the Saints have been working the 5-foot-6 and 170-pound speedster more into an offense that is thin on dynamic pass-catchers. He leads the team with 236 receiving yards on 12 catches (including TDs of 72 and 55 yards). He has also been a trusted target for Jameis Winston on third downs. Harris left Sunday's game early with a hamstring injury, but now has the bye week to help him recover. -- Mike Triplett

NFL.com -- Rank: 11

The Saints might be the NFL's most perplexing team through five weeks, but a surge of reinforcements could bring some more clarity (and consistency) to Sean Payton's squad. Wide receivers Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith, kicker Wil Lutz, left tackle Terron Armstead and center Erik McCoy are all eligible to return to action following the Week 6 bye. Defensive tackle David Onyemata is eligible to return from suspension following Week 7's matchup against the Seahawks. That's a long list of valuable players, and it's a credit to these Saints that they managed to get to their well-timed bye above .500. No team can survive in the NFL without roster depth. The 2021 Saints just proved they have it.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

They have been so up and down, but some of that is because of injuries. They head to their bye off a nice victory as Jameis Winston came up big against Washington.

USA Today -- Rank: 13

Now we know why they parted with longtime P Thomas Morstead. Blake Gillikin netted nearly 52 yards on five punts Sunday and pinned Washington inside its 3-yard line three times. Savage.

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

Breakout player: Wide receiver Marquez Callaway was a preseason star for the Saints, and his regular-season production is finally catching up. After 85 receiving yards against Washington (and one touchdown catch on a Hail Mary pass from Jameis Winston), Callaway has already surpassed his 2020 receiving yardage total and is continuing to develop rapport with Winston as a true downfield threat.

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