Saints' Shockey losing his edge
The outspoken tight end may soon find himself in a backup role
With the regular season approaching, the Football Outsiders use their unique brand of analysis to break down each of the league's 32 teams. The series continues today with a look at the New Orleans Saints.
Season Preview -- New Orleans Saints
A volatile tight end may be relegated to second-string duties, while the Saints' secondary gets a boost from a promising second-year corner.
To see which player could soar, which could sink and whom you need to watch before the season opener, you must be an ESPN Insider.
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2009 NFL PRESEASON
Football Outsiders Preview
Football Outsiders uses advanced stats to give you a player on the rise, another one in decline and a key player to watch for each team in the preseason. The series starts in the AFC West and runs for 32 consecutive days.