New Orleans Saints: J.R. Sweezy can push Cesar Ruiz to be better

J.R. Sweezy (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
J.R. Sweezy (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL but the depth is a cause for concern. Who Dat Dish’s Darral Nail discussed this situation the other day and not long after his post was published, the Saints announced they signed NFL veteran J.R. Sweezy.

Sweezy, a former seventh-round pick by the Seahawks in 2012, is entering year nine of his NFL career and is on his fourth team. He played for Seattle for the first four years of his career, then played for the Bucs in 2017, returned to Seattle for 2018, and played in Arizona the past two years.

Now, Sweezy joins the Saints and he has a lot of starting experience throughout his eight years of NFL experience. He’s started 104 games during that time and appeared in 117 total. What makes Sweezy even more intriguing is that he has experience at both guard positions, which just so happens to be the Saints’ biggest weakness on their o-line.

Sweezy has mostly played at right guard though and that’s where Ruiz is currently lining up at. This is a good move for the Saints because Sweezy brings competition to right guard and this will hopefully light a fire under Ruiz. Fellow Saints have been complimenting Ruiz throughout training camp and Erik McCoy even said that Ruiz is “balling”.

The New Orleans Saints signed J.R. Sweezy.

This is a really good move for the Saints because they needed depth on their offensive line and Sweezy can provide that. The team didn’t re-sign Nick Easton, who was previously one of the key depth pieces for the Saints’ o-line and now Sweezy can replicate what Easton used to provide for this team.

Sweezy is a Super Bowl champion and knows what it’s like to play in big games. He has plenty of experience as a starting guard in the NFL and while he might not be the starter at either of the guard positions, the Saints will definitely benefit from having him on the roster.

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If nothing else, hopefully, his presence motivates Ruiz to be even better than how he’s been through the early portions of training camp.