BATON ROUGE, La. – New Orleans Saints Head Coach Dennis Allen tells his players if they make plays, they get opportunities.
All undrafted rookie free agent Rasheed Shaheed needed was a chance to showcase what he knew he was capable of. The former Weber State wide receiver is what the Saints needed.
Shaheed almost hit 20 miles per hour on one of his touchdowns earlier this year and he’s coming off his best game of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I feel like at the beginning I was definitely I definitely had some things to learn. You know, the playbook I wasn’t really familiar with. And I was trying to learn some different positions. And, you know, they just had to trust me,” Shaheed said.
Shaheed made more than 16 all-purpose yards and created a ton of separation on his targets. He also caught all four targets in that game for a total of 75 yards.
“And I felt like once I finally got the opportunity I took advantage of earlier while I was on the practice squad,” Shaheed said.
He says he learned a lot and developed.
“And, you know, it took some time, but I feel like I’ve got a pretty good grasp of it,” he said.
Shaheed is averaging just below 30 receiving yards receiving per game. The Saints really hit the jackpot with rookie receivers because Chris Olave is on pace for breaking Michael Thomas’s rookie record.