During the offseason, the New Orleans Saints lost WR Brandin Cooks and needed a replacement. Willie Snead had hoped to be that answer. However, the Saints believe they have found that replacement —at least for now — in Ted Ginn.

Ginn has speed — Sonic the Hedgehog speed. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds. On average, Ginn gains 13.9 yards per reception. Plus, he has 7 kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns, two of which were during the same game. The Saints’ staff refers to Ginn as “TGIF….. Ted Ginn Is Fast.”

Ginn is listed directly ahead of Snead on the Saints’ initial unofficial preseason depth chart. Snead is on the second team along with Brandon Coleman. QB Drew Brees praised Ginn after spring practices. Meanwhile, the injured Snead is missing practice time, though he was back out there on Monday.

The big picture, Brees will have his choice of exceptional receivers between Michael Thomas, Ginn and Snead. All three are expected to play heavy snaps in the Saints’ big-play offense. Snead remains a strong WR3, and Ginn is worth a late-round pick.