New Orleans Saints positional previews: Offensive Line

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Oct 4, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints center Max Unger (60) during overtime of a game against the Dallas Cowboys at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cowboys 26-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints center Max Unger (60) during overtime of a game against the Dallas Cowboys at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cowboys 26-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 27, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints guard Senio Kelemete (65) blocks against Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (92) at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina defeated the Saints 27-22. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints guard Senio Kelemete (65) blocks against Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (92) at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina defeated the Saints 27-22. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports /

The Desserts

Tim Lelito, Guard, 4th season

First of all, I use the term desserts on not knowing what we’ll get out of the next few players on this. Believe it or not, Tim Lelito was the third-highest in snaps last season with 969 credited plays (81.8 percent). Lelito also received one of the team’s highest offensive grades at +5.4 for 2015. The outside interest was there for the 27-year-old guard, but chose to stay with the black and gold for the new season. Right now, Lelito would get the benefit of the doubt as the team’s starting left guard. However, that could quickly change.

Senio Kelemete, Center/Guard, 4th season

There’s a lot to love about Senio Kelemete, who returned to the Saints on a two-year contract during the offseason. Kelemete, who is reaping hard work’s rewards, was asked to play in several spots for the team last season. Versatility is synonymous with the Washington product, and likely enters the year as the primary reserve/backup. However, his consistent work ethic and determination could help him challenge Lelito for a starting spot.

Andrus Peat, Tackle, 2nd season

Sean Payton has made it very clear that second-year lineman Andrus Peat will start in 2016. Make of it what you will, but the belief is that Peat is going to be the team’s starting right guard. Reports from June have Peat visibly leaner heading into this year, which is encouraging given the shape he was in as a rookie.

"“I really just focused on changing my body composition and kind of leaning up a little bit,” Peat said. “I’m feeling better, that’s the biggest thing. More energy in practice, I’m doing better in conditioning and those types of things. I’m still working at it.”"

Peat improved as last season progressed, and finished the year with 437 snaps (36.9 percent). The fact that Dan Roushar has shifted back to his familiar position at offensive line coach should help the progression of Peat, as well as the entire offensive line.

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