We’re just fifteen short days away from the return of New Orleans Saints football, Who Dat Nation! Can you believe that we’ve been waiting for this for the past seven months?
Today, we start a two-week series that focuses on the Top 15 players heading into the 2014 Saints’ season, which will help take you into the regular season opener with Atlanta. We have to start somewhere, so as for today’s player focus, I chose Zach Strief.
Quick Bio & Resume
Birthday: 9/22/1983 (30 years old)
Weight: 320 pounds
NFL Experience: 9th Season
Position: Right Tackle
2013 Highlights & Notes
- Played and started in 15 Games
- 2013 ESPN.com All-Pro (voted by John Clayton)
- Re-signed 5-year/$20.5 million contract with Saints (3/17)
- Team Captain (2nd year)
- +28.9 Pro Football Focus Rating
- 91.9% of team’s offensive snaps (1,036 of 1,127)
Zach Strief is one of the few remnants of the historic 2006 New Orleans Saints squad. Strief, a seventh round selection from Northwestern, has been the Saints starting right tackle since 2011, and is literally an anchor on that side of the ball. Re-signing Strief was one of the best offseason moves of the season, as Strief is likely to finish his career as a member of the Saints. Strief shook off injuries from the previous two seasons to have one of his best seasons.
A healthy Strief will help both the Saints rushing and passing attack. Strief plays along side of all-pro veteran Jahri Evans, which makes for a nightmare for opposing pass rushers. Strief is dependable and disciplined, as he only had five penalties all season (three holding, one false start, and an unnecessary roughness). Look for Strief’s name to be called more than a few times this season, and I mean that in a good way. He’s a quiet, but true MVP among the team, and should stay that way for quite some time.