The New Orleans Saints’ training camp will come with a massive decision on one of the best offensive lines in the NFL — who will start at the center?
Between Erik McCoy, Cesar Ruiz, Terron Armstead, Ryan Ramczyk, and Andrus Peat the New Orleans Saints have one of the best offensive lines in the entire NFL. This season should see some of the best pass protection and run blocking the Saints have ever had.
However, the line is not set in stone yet. We know for sure that Terron Armstead will be at the left tackle; we know that Ryan Ramczyk will be at the right tackle, and we know that Andrus Peat will hold down the left guard position.
The only two positions left up are the right guard and center positions, and the only two players left to fill them are former starting center Erik McCoy and first-round draft choice from the University of Michigan, Cesar Ruiz.
Here’s the biggest problem. Both of them played center last year. Erik McCoy started for the Saints and Ruiz took almost every snap for the Wolverines. Also, both are suitable to be able to slide over to the guard position if the coaches asked.
The task that makes this hard is that either one could play either position. Therefore, this is less of a battle and more of a decision on where the best fit is for McCoy and where the best fit is for Ruiz on the line.
McCoy was solid last year for the New Orleans Saints starting at the center. However, the scouting staff must have seen something in Ruiz to draft him in the No. 24 spot in the draft when there were plenty of other candidates that they needed.
Either way, we will trust that the Saints coaching staff will make the right decision. Both have openly stated they would be okay sliding over to the guard, but who will be best suited for the center?
In my opinion, McCoy needs to remain at the center and Ruiz will slide in at guard.