New Orleans Saints found great OL value with Forrest Lamp signing

Forrest Lamp (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
Forrest Lamp (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints are used to having one of the best offensive lines in the league but this year, their unit has been marred by injuries. That’s why it was smart of them to sign Forrest Lamp to their practice squad.

Lamp was a second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Chargers out of Western Kentucky. He didn’t get involved much in his first three seasons with the Bolts due to various injuries but last year played left guard in all 16 regular-season games.

What Lamp provides New Orleans is a player who has experience at left guard and, as Ian Rapoport noted when he broke the news, is still young. Lamp is only 27 years old and there’s no reason to think he can’t live up to the second-round stock he was branded with when the Chargers selected him.

New Orleans Saints add more OL depth with Forrest Lamp

The offensive line should be getting back to normal in the coming weeks, as neither Terron Armstead or Erik McCoy went on IR after sustaining their injuries. James Hurst has been filling in at left tackle for the Saints while Cesar Ruiz was bumped from right guard to center when McCoy went down. Calvin Throckmorton was then slotted in at right guard.

Lamp might not find his way into the starting lineup and that’s perfectly fine. The Saints need to build better o-line depth and this is a nice way to go about doing so.

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Yes, there’s a reason Lamp didn’t pan out in Los Angeles and a big reason as to why that is that he was banged up early on. He missed his entire rookie year due to injury and then broke his leg in 2019. It’s been a string of bad luck from the Western Kentucky product but hopefully, he will be a valuable depth piece for the Saints moving forward.