Last summer, the Saints headed to West Virginia with dreams of reaching the Super Bowl. They didn’t even make the playoffs. Now, after an offseason full of turnover, they begin training camp with new objectives, new faces ... and many questions.

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IF Nick Toon, Seantavius Jones or Brandon Coleman emerge into viable playmakers, the Saints will have a solid corps of receivers who can help gloss over the losses of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. Coach Sean Payton has been bullish about the potential of these players. You have to believe there’s a reason for that confidence.

IF NOT, well ... it’s hard to imagine that everyone from this group will disappoint or fail to step up to the challenge. But if that happens, then it’s the doomsday scenario in which Drew Brees has few viable options and the offense will stall to some degree.

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IF Delvin Breaux is as good as advertised, then New Orleans might have pulled off one of the greater heists of the offseason by pulling the cornerback out of the CFL. His presence would give the Saints great depth at cornerback and a good amount of competition at this position.

IF NOT, the Saints still have Keenan Lewis and Brandon Browner at the top of the depth chart, as well as rookies P.J. Williams and Damian Swann and last year’s second-round pick, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, at the position. There’s a good mix of players in there, but it’s better if Breaux lives up to the hype.

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IF Dannell Ellerbe emerges as a viable option at linebacker, then New Orleans might have ended up getting the better end of the deal in the trade that sent Kenny Stills to Miami. The Saints’ linebackers struggled in coverage last season. Ellerbe has it in his DNA to help change that.

IF NOT, then New Orleans needs to be happy with the draft pick it received in exchange for Stills, and the linebacker depth will be more shallow. That would be a bad thing for a team in need of help in this area.

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IF Kenny Vaccaro bounces back after enduring some struggles during his sophomore season, then the Saints could potentially have one of the better safety duos in the NFL, pairing him with Jairus Byrd.

IF NOT, then the Saints will need to turn toward Rafael Bush and potentially give up on their hope of having Vaccaro serve as the full-time strong safety. If this happens, Vaccaro can still be effective serving in an undefined role.

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IF the interior offensive line is shored up, then you can expect good things for this offense. Brees will have time to throw the ball and the running backs should have plenty of lanes to run through. This was one of the bigger issues the offense faced last season.

IF NOT, expect more of the same. Not all of Drew Brees’ interceptions last year were the result of pressure, but some where. Those instances hurt. With the way Brees operates, he needs a clean pocket. If it isn’t there, the offense will endure some struggles.

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IF Jairus Byrd bounces back, then the Saints will have better options in how they cover teams and a safety capable of intercepting some passes. Byrd was one of the better safeties in the NFL before being signed by New Orleans. That kind of presence could transform this defense.

IF NOT, and Byrd continues to struggle as he did during the first month of last season, it will take away the option of using single-high looks and the defense will have to be less inventive.

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IF C.J. Spiller returns to his 2012 form in a Saints offense ideally suited to his strengths, then New Orleans could have one of the league’s best rushing attacks and an all-around weapon capable of doing even more than Reggie Bush or Darren Sproles.

IF NOT, or if Spiller struggles again with injuries, the Saints’ running game will lack a true home run threat, and the pressure intensifies on a batch of young receivers and tight ends to emerge in the passing game.

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IF Dustin Hopkins or Zach Hocker win the kicker job and run with it, Sean Payton’s mind can rest at ease on the new 33-yard extra points, and the Saints will get more points.

IF NOT, expect the Saints to spend the season constantly trying out kickers and be hesitant to kick, putting more pressure on the offense.

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IF New Orleans can get consistent pass rush from players like Hau’oli Kikaha, Akiem Hicks, Kevin Williams or a few others, then the Saints return to the devastating pass rush of 2013, making Cameron Jordan and other pass rushers more effective.

IF NOT, then opposing teams focus on Jordan, giving quarterbacks plenty of time in the pocket to wait for somebody to get open against an exposed secondary.

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IF Brodrick Bunkley and John Jenkins can stay healthy and Kevin Williams can add more production, then the Saints’ run defense should take a giant leap forward from its 29th-place finish.

IF NOT, and the Saints can’t find a consistent block-occupying presence in the middle, then a defensive improvement against the pass might not matter as offenses pound New Orleans with the running game on a weekly basis.

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IF the Saints find a capable nickel cornerback, the defense instantly improves, creating more turnovers and taking pressure off the rest of the secondary.

IF NOT, then the pass defense could struggle even with an upgrade on the outside, hamstrung by a weak spot that’s easily exploited in today’s NFL.

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IF Josh Hill blossoms into a front-line tight end, the Saints have a red-zone target and a weapon capable of creating matchup problems for the defense with a little bit more unpredictability than Jimmy Graham offered.

IF NOT, then Brandon Coleman and Seantavius Jones must make huge strides this season, and the Saints’ passing game becomes a little more predictable as the season progresses.

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IF a deep rookie class makes an instant impact as starters and contributors, the Saints have a deeper, more talented team in the short run and the flexibility to shed salaries in the future without sacrificing too much production.

IF NOT, New Orleans finds itself trying to hold on with an aging group of veterans and a developmental group that remains an unknown.

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IF Brandin Cooks breaks out and turns into a star, then Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills become an afterthought and the Saints remain one of the league’s most potent passing offenses.

IF NOT, and Cooks can’t realize the great expectations thrown his way, then the Saints have to piece the passing game together without a bona fide go-to target.