We’re now fourteen days, or two weeks, away from the return of New Orleans Saints football, Who Dat Nation! Just think, after this two-week period, we have our Sunday game days back!
We continue our 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. Today’s selection: Ben Grubbs
Quick Bio & Resume
2013 Highlights & Notes
- Played and started in all 16 Games
- 2013 Pro Bowl Selection
- Re-structured contract on 2/27, slashing base salary from $5.2 million to $1.2 million, saving the team $3 million in salary cap space
- Ben Grubbs Annual Charity Softball Game
- ESPN’s Top 100 – Ranked #76
- 100% of team’s offensive snaps (1,127 of 1,127) – only other Saints offensive player to do so was center Brian de la Puente
Since entering the scene in 2012 after a very respectable 5-year stint with the Baltimore Ravens, Grubbs has been nothing short of excellent for the New Orleans Saints. Grubbs has started in all games for the team in his two seasons, and earned a Pro Bowl selection because of his consistency. Grubbs is extremely disciplined, only committing six penalties last year (three holding, false start, illegal use of hands, and illegal block above the waist). Arguably, Grubbs benefitted down the stretch with the addition of left tackle Terron Armstead.
Grubbs has had some issues this offseason with staying healthy. Coach Sean Payton has been (and will forever be) tight-lipped around the exact extent of injuries. Grubbs is among the best in the league at the guard position, and has really found his groove with the Saints offense. We’ll be keeping a close watch on Grubbs, and we can only hope that he continues his stellar performance.