Saints Roster Breakdown: Predicting the offensive linemen that make the final cut
Number Four: James Hurst
James Hurst was a budget free agent signing for the New Orleans Saints this offseason, but it was a signing that could certainly pay dividends. Hurst, a 28-year-old offensive tackle, had spent his entire NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens before signing with New Orleans.
Hurst has been highly effective and very reliable in his NFL career. Hurst has played in all 16 games of the season in five of his six NFL seasons and rarely misses any games.
He will however have to miss the first four games of the 2020 regular season for the Saints as he is forced to serve a suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
The good news for Hurt is that the suspension was made well aware before the Saints ever signed him so they could still opt to keep the veteran offensive tackle despite this minor setback.
Hurst would be a backup to Ryan Ramczyk and Terron Armstead anyways, but he does have a good shot at making the Saints’ final 53-man roster.