Report: Saints to start Andrus Peat at left guard over Tim Lelito


New Orleans Saints rookie offensive lineman Andrus Peat is getting another crack as a starter against the Houston Texans, but at left guard this time.

FOX’s Alex Marvez reported the news from a source on Saturday afternoon.

This week, it was revealed that the Saints offensive line was looking for answers at the left guard position, as Tim Lelito has been struggling. Bret Ingalls, the team’s line coach, originally mentioned Wednesday that Lelito and Senio Kelemete were competing for snaps, but were also looking at Peat as a potential solution.

Lelito has been credited with a sack, 4 QB hits, and a team high 16 hurries from Pro Football Focus. He has a -7.4 grade overall, which is the worst on the offense.

In August, Peat received some reps at the left guard spot, but has been used more as the team’s swing tackle in jumbo sets for the offense. Peat started at left tackle in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles in place of Terron Armstead. It was originally thought that Peat would be lost for the season after a horrible looking injury (which turned out to be an MCL sprain) against the Atlanta Falcons back in October.

At 6-foot-7 and 313 pounds, Peat isn’t necessarily your ideal guard size, and there’s plenty of jokes to be made for ‘shorter’ quarterback Drew Brees. The Saints offensive line has given up 23 sacks on Brees this season, and 6 in the past two contests against the Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans.