The New Orleans Saints have been fortunate to have one of the best offensive lines in the league and that should continue in 2021. The Saints need to look into extending at least one of Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk (if not both) prior to the beginning of the season because the importance of having solid bookends can’t be understated (just ask the Chiefs).
Here are all of the offensive linemen listed on the Saints’ official roster and what position they’re listed at:
- Terron Armstead, T
- Mike Brown, OL
- Will Clapp, C
- Ethan Greenidge, OL
- James Hurst, OT
- Derrick Kelly, OL
- Erik McCoy, C/G
- Christian Montano, OG
- Kyle Murphy, OT
- Andrus Peat, G/T
- Ryan Ramczyk, T
- Cesar Ruiz, C/G
- Calvin Throckmorton, OL
- Landon Young, T
The Saints have plenty of depth along their o-line.
The starting lineup seems pretty clear-cut. From left tackle to right tackle the line will look like: Armstead, Peat, McCoy, Ruiz, Ramcyzk. The Saints have been fortunate to have a reliable group upfront over the years and that will continue with this projected starting lineup.
As for the reserves, the Saints have many options to choose from. Hurst should find his way onto the roster after spending last year with the Saints and starting five games at tackle while appearing 12 total.
Narrowing it down between the other seven candidates won’t be easy. The Saints spent a sixth-round pick on Young, which should help him make the cut this year. Young mostly played left tackle during his time with the Kentucky Wildcats and this could be the Saints’ insurance policy should they not be able to extend Armstead.
Clapp has spent the past three years with New Orleans and has provided value despite being a seventh-round pick in 2018. Greenidge was with the Saints last year and is another option to make the team. Throckmorton spent time on the practice squad and is someone who could fight his way onto the roster.
While offensive line depth is obviously important, the Saints are fortunate to have their starters figured out and know what they’re getting with this group. That’s a situation that most NFL teams would kill to be in.