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Saints offensive line acquisitions look to create success

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 24: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) calls for the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) looks on during the NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 24, 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 24: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) calls for the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) looks on during the NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 24, 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The game of football is won in the trenches.

It’s an old saying that still holds true and still has meaning to this day. It refers to the big, powerful, dominant linemen on both sides of the field that make or break any football game on any given day for a particular team.In the National Football League, everything starts and finishes on the line of scrimmage. Luckily for the New Orleans Saints, the team might have just landed themselves another way to win more games this season with acquisitions to their offensive line during the offseason.

(Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The Saints weren’t doing too bad in regards to its offensive line, to be honest, before they brought new faces into the organization. But while last year the Saints OL put together a succesful season, the team had needs at guard, and tackle. So they decided to be aggressive during the offseason.

The Saints improved their offensive line this offseason with two significant additions.

The team first acquired free agent guard Larry Warford, and then drafted tackle Ryan Ramczyk in the first round. Granted, the Saints would have been decent this year if the offensive line had to make do with what the team had. But these acquisitions will surely help.

Larry Warford

When the Saints offense thrives next year, don’t forget to thank the new men on the field. Larry Warford not only brings “ass and mass” to the New Orleans Saints but is a dominant presence that will surely help New Orleans in multiple ways.

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

Beyond the general strength and size, Larry Warford is a dominant behemoth, a freak of nature who will help solidify the Saints offensive line for years to come. Key traits or aspects of Warford I’m fond of include his aggressiveness, consistency, strength and his physicality. Let’s just say this folks: if we were on a cooking show, and these aspects of Warford were ingredients to a cake, it would be one dynamic sure fire cake, to say the least.

Warford’s impacts for the New Orleans Saints will be significant. If anything I predict the impact to be as large and in charge as Larry Warford actually is. I see him as a tremendous addition during this offseason who will help New Orleans as the team progresses in later years.

Offensive linemen, and guards in particular, will and will be forever highly valued if New Orleans wants to keep succeeding offensively. Offensive linemen help the Saints in several ways, from keeping your Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees safe, to allowing the fabulous four in Mark Ingram, Adrian Peterson, Alvin Kamara, and John Kuhn to thrive. These offensive linemen, the underappreciated pillars of the NFL, deserve more thanks than they get. That starts with our very own Larry Warford.

Ryan Ramczyk

The Saints, with the final selection in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, landed a complete stud to solidify the need at the tackle position. They selected the former Wisconsin linemen to help alleviate any future issues that could arise with the Saints aging offensive linemen. Whether it be now or later, expect Ryan Ramczyk to take over as the starting right tackle for New Orleans.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 27: (L-R) Ryan Ramczyk of Wisconsin poses with Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 27: (L-R) Ryan Ramczyk of Wisconsin poses with Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell. /

This move specifically will allow the Saints to continue being dominant for some time. Teams right now such as the Dallas Cowboys have invested high selections and wealth into securing the best offensive line right now in the NFL. The Saints aren’t too far behind if they continue to build, develop and control who they have blocking for Drew Brees and company.

Not only does Ramczyk have the technique. He has the athleticism, strength, and intelligence to thrive in the NFL and to succeed in aiding the Saints offensive line. It’s quite clear from the success Ramczyk had with his former college that he’ll be able to transition successfully into the NFL and help the team. This amazing addition will not only allow the Saints to be more efficient in the running game but will allow Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees more time to throw. In the end, it might not be the sexiest pick Saint fans expected in the draft. But Ryan Ramczyk will get the job done when needed.

Next time you watch the New Orleans Saints high-powered offense attack make sure to take a close look at the offensive line.

Those very linemen including the two mentioned above, Larry Warford, and Ryan Ramczyk are keeping everyone behind them safe and accounted for.

Let Who Dat Dish know what you think! What do you think of the New Orleans Saints making strides to improve the offensive line this offseason? 

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