New Orleans Saints 2015 Year in Review: Terron Armstead

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Dec 6, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tackle Terron Armstead (72) blocks Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Panthers defeated the Saints 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 6, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tackle Terron Armstead (72) blocks Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Panthers defeated the Saints 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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Our series on New Orleans Saints players and their 2015 season in review continues, and today’s focus is on left tackle Terron Armstead.

On the Saints offensive line, there was no one better than Terron Armstead. Head coach Sean Payton said emphatically at the end of December that he wouldn’t trade Armstead for anything, and there’s good reason for his statement. Armstead played hurt a lot of the 2015 season, and was still extremely effective. That’s very rare in today’s NFL.

"“There’s not a left tackle I would trade him for in the league. I really like the way he’s progressed. He’s smart, he’s athletic. And last week if you watch the tape, you can see that he’s not 100 percent and he fights through it.” -Sean Payton"

Armstead was named as a Pro Bowl alternate after being snubbed originally. According to Pro Football Focus, Armstead graded out as the third highest tackle out of a total of 76. His +30.8 overall grade was right behind Cleveland’s Joe Thomas and Dallas’ Tyron Smith. Quite simply put, The 6-foot-5, 304-pound left tackle went up against some of the league’s best pass rushers in 13 games last season, and emerged victorious more often than not. His impact was also felt in the screen game and run blocking.

Armstead’s highest graded games of 2015 came against Indianapolis in Week 7 (+5.1), Carolina in Week 3 (+4.4), and at Tampa Bay in Week 14 (+4.0). Despite injuries, Armstead participated in 952 (80.4 percent) of the team’s offensive snaps.

Here’s a very small sampling of what Armstead brought to the Saints offense in 2015.

Next: Pass Coverage

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