3 underrated positions of need for the Saints in 2022 offseason

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Andrus Peat, New Orleans Saints
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1. Interior Offensive Line

Andrus Peat and Cesar Ruiz were the starting guards entering the 2021 season with Peat on the left side and Ruiz on the right side. Peat was injured early in the season and even when he was out there, he wasn’t at the top of his game. Ruiz stayed healthy but wasn’t good. He consistently let defenders get past him and made it tougher on whoever was playing quarterback.

With that in mind, it makes sense that the Saints would be interested in upgrading their interior offensive line, in particular at guard. Erik McCoy is rock solid at center but if the team ended up drafting Tyler Linderbaum with their first-round pick, perhaps he could be slotted in at center and McCoy could move to right guard, where he’s played before.

It’s easier to move on from Ruiz since he’s still on his rookie deal while Peat would cost the Saints $23 million just to cut. He’s only a $7 million cap hit, which is the good part, but yeah, NOLA isn’t getting out that deal this year.

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While quarterback and wide receiver are two of the biggest needs for the New Orleans Saints, these three positions could certainly use upgrading as well.