New Orleans Saints: Individually grading the team’s dominant offensive line
ERIK MCCOY (R) – CENTER
Offensive Snaps Played: 1058
Sacks Allowed: 1
PFF Grade: 76.2
2020 Status: Signed Through 2022
Eric McCoy was drafted in the second round the 2019 NFL Draft, taken 48th overall from Texas A&M. The New Orleans Saints starting rookie center had an amazing rookie season.
McCoy played on almost 100% of all the Saints offensive snaps in 2019, only having one game all season playing only 92% of the snaps. The man was absolutely durable and was always reliable when needed.
He only allowed 1 sack and created 8 penalties (4th overall) all season. Given that the team lost its starting center, Max Unger, to retirement in the offseason, McCoy was drafted in need of replacing the former pro bowl starter to protect Drew Brees.
If Unger’s retirement wasn’t enough, reserve center Cameron Tom went down on IR in September 2019, prior to the start of the season, leaving him as the only rostered center.
Giving McCoy a B is based on what he accomplished given his circumstances. He did just about everything asked of him, leaving the Saints fans proud of his hard work, reliability, and ability to handle such pressure to start right out of the draft.
McCoy seems to have been worth trading up to get into the second round, and his contract terms with the Saints make him great for years to come on the offensive line.