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Things we’re grateful for so far about the 2022 Saints season

Happy Thanksgiving to all celebrants! It’s been a year of ups and downs for New Orleans Saints fans, but we still have much to be grateful for. Here’s what our Saints Wire staff are thankful for in the 2022 season so far:

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I’m grateful that Juwan Johnson has played such a big role for the team, especially as a goalscorer. He’s done a lot to answer the questions we had about the tight ends group this summer and looks like a fine young building block moving forward. — John Siegler

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I’m grateful that rookie wideout Chris Olave turned out to be exactly who I and many thought he was. It’s always a little annoying to put so much expectation on a rookie and buy in for one before it hits the field. But Olave was such an easy choice and he put in the hard work to make it obvious. — Ross Jackson

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I’m grateful for rookie Chris Olave, who was a silver lining this season and emerged as the player the Saints thought everyone was. I’m also grateful that the front office and ownership will always do whatever it takes to keep up, even if they sometimes fall short in that endeavor. There is always hope. — Kade Kistner

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I’m also thankful for the lower number of prime-time games this year. I know these national features are more fun for the fans, but I have a family to take care of and more early afternoon kickoffs give me more time with them. I don’t take this opportunity to eat and relax with them. — John Siegler

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I’m grateful to the Saints for giving me so much access this season. The communications team does everything they can to ensure the media has everything they need to report their players in a genuine way. Not only on the field, but also off the field. It’s been great fun this year, despite the ups and downs of the team’s record. Everything was consistent and accessible. — Ross Jackson

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I’m thankful that the season was weird enough that if the Saints recover to some reasonable health they still have a path to the playoffs. Despite a 4:7 start, there is still hope for an interesting second half of the season. — Dylan Sanders

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I’m also thankful for all the support staff at the Superdome who make Match Days possible, work tirelessly to keep things running smoothly and safely, and hardly ever get recognized either! — Kade Kistner

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I am thankful for the Saints Twitter community. This team is never boring and has a great community to fool around with all the antics. Celebration feels good and laughter through the pain brightens the dark days. — Dylan Sanders

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I’m grateful for the homecomings of safety Tyrann Mathieu and wide receiver Jarvis Landry. This season wasn’t what anyone expected, but the light of their stories and return home still shines through. Mathieu gives the teams only two interceptions, Landry just caught his first touchdown for his hometown team. These guys just make things mean more and it’s great to see that. — Ross Jackson

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I am thankful for the experienced leaders of this team who give their all in difficult times and hold the dressing room together. The culture they have built is thriving and will hopefully carry over to the younger stars who are emerging this season with some unfortunate injuries. — Dylan Sanders

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Something else from me – I am grateful for all the people who make this possible. That includes my co-workers Ross, Dylan, Maddy and Kade and all of my colleagues on the NFL Wires Network, but also our readers and the dedicated Saints fans who are always ready to talk ball. Without you I would not be here to do this work and I am so grateful for your support. — John Siegler

Story originally appeared on Saints Wire