The New Orleans Saints have two games remaining in the 2021 regular season and they have to win both if they want to make the playoffs. In these final two games — in a perfect world — the Saints could sit these three players.
Now I will say that it’s difficult for the team to bench these guys due to them having a lot of players who are injured but, again, in a perfect world, these players wouldn’t be starters anymore.
Let’s jump right in, shall we?
3. Calvin Throckmorton
In Calvin Throckmorton‘s defense, the undrafted free agent out of Oregon isn’t meant to be an NFL starter. He’s in this role because Andrus Peat went down with a season-ending injury in Week 7, leaving the left guard position open.
Throckmorton also spent time at right guard earlier in the season when Erik McCoy was out and Cesar Ruiz slid over to center. The Oregon product faired better at right guard but overall, he hasn’t been great.
Pro Football Focus gave Throckmorton a grade of 43.5 and notes that he’s allowed 30 pressures this year, which leads the team. He’s ranked 79th out of 80 qualified guards, ranks 73rd out of 79 in pass blocking, and 77th out of 78 in run blocking, making him one of the worst guards in all of football.
So yeah, Throckmorton hasn’t been great but again, he shouldn’t be a weekly starter so it’s not as if we didn’t expect this.