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Saints free agent film study: Ted Ginn, Jr.

Ginn is still one of the fastest players in the NFL (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune). Ginn is still one of the fastest players in the NFL (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune).
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Ted Ginn, Jr.

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Contract

3 years/ $11 million

Strengths:

Speed- At 31, Ginn can still fly and is showing no signs of slowing down. In their Thursday night game against the Saints, Ginn dealt the Saints a devastating blow when he ran a deep post before halftime. Craig Robertson attempted to drop in coverage but was not match for Ginn who caught the ball just falling out of bounds. Against Oakland, Ginn was  once again in the slot with a defender playing eight yards off of him to respect his speed. It didn't matter. Ginn blew right past the defender on a skinny post to score an 88-yard touchdown.

Route Diversity- Once known as purely a deep ball receiver, Ginn developed a more diverse route tree while in Carolina. Against Washington, he caught a seam route for a touchdown, a quick slant for 18 yards, a curl route for 8 yards and an out route for another 8 yards.

Special Teams- Ginn is still dynamic in the return game, something the Saints have missed since Darren Sproles. 

Weakness:

Drops- Ginn runs a lot of deep routes. This is where he makes big plays but also some big drops. In that same game against Washington, he dropped a sure touchdown. Against Oakland, he was not able to fight for a slightly underthrown pass.

Final Analysis:

Ginn has played his most complete football later in his career and still appears to have plenty of juice left. He can make an immediate impact as a returner and should contribute nicely in the passing game.  

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