The Saints are betting that someone is going to break out this season.
Losing Trey Hendrickson created a void on the defensive line that does not currently have an obvious, guaranteed solution. There are options. Plenty, actually, and all of them possess intriguing upside and potential. But there are no guarantees that those players will deliver.
Despite flashing at times throughout his first three seasons, Marcus Davenport is yet to turn all the almost moments into meaningful production, but the team still needs a third pass rusher even if he delivers. Tanoh Kpassagnon recently signed and has some upside, but he needs to show more before being counted upon to carry a heavy load.
That leads to Carl Granderson. The undrafted player has steadily progressed during his first two seasons in the league and looks like he could be ready to make the kind of leap that Hendrickson took last season. If he does, that would alleviate many of the Saints' concerns at edge rusher and ensure the defense doesn't take a step back this season.
Expecting a player to go from five sacks to double digits is a lot. In many cases, it is an unreasonable expectation, but Granderson provided enough highlights last season to think that he might just be scratching the surface of his potential.