Going in to New Orleans Saints training camp we knew there was going to be a massive fight over the rights to protect Drew Brees’ blind side for the 2013 season.
Jason Smith was a surprise signing for New Orleans in the offseason, but he’s known best for being a bust. Rookie Terron Armstead was the most athletic freak you could find in the draft class but is raw on actual football talent.
Then you have Charles Brown, a man who has more trouble staying on the field than most because of injuries.
So far in training camp Brown has distanced himself from the others according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN:
Mike Triplett writes that Charles Brown has been the steadiest of the three contenders for the left tackle job so far. Brown has been getting all of the first-team work so far and hasn’t faltered. If he continues playing the way he has been, Brown should be able to hold off Jason Smith and Terron Armstead for the starting job.
Armstead has been practicing with the second team as of late in training camp. This means Smith is on the outside looking in as far as a potential roster spot goes, which should not surprise many given his track record in the NFL to this point.
Brown has more than enough ability to be a quality starter for the Saints next year, but he has to find a way to stay healthy. In three years he has never appeared in more than 10 games.
While it’s great Brown is beating out a bust and a rookie in camp, he could just as easily lose the job if his body fails once more.
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