Saints Roster: Khalique Washington provides key OL depth

Leigh Oleszczak
New Orleans Saints offensive guard Eric Wilson (65) rushes offensive tackle Khalique Washington (63) -Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints offensive guard Eric Wilson (65) rushes offensive tackle Khalique Washington (63) -Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /

The New Orleans Saints roster has a new face on it, as the team agreed to terms with Khalique Washington of Southern Miss, per his agent, Brett Tessler.

According to Tessler, the Saints signed Washington to a three-year deal after the Southern Miss product had spent time in mini camp with NOLA. He notes that the Southern Miss product spent time with the Ravens previously.

This addition isn’t a name that most fans, if any, will know but Washington gives the Saints another depth piece for their offensive line. This time last year, New Orleans’ offensive line was considered one of the strongest but that isn’t the case anymore so any additions help, whether they’re big or small and the team clearly liked what they saw from Washington to bring on board officially.

Saints Roster: What should fans expect from Khalique Washington?

Per his profile on Southern Miss football’s website, Washington was named Conference USA Honorable Mention after appearing in 10 games during the 2020 season. He played right tackle during most of his collegiate career and, as we all know, Ryan Ramczyk has that position locked down tightly.

Washington wasn’t signed to be a starter, however. Instead, he’ll be battling for a backup right tackle spot with the likes of Landon Young, Jerald Hawkins, and Derek Schweiger. The Saints obviously saw something in Washington to sign him to a three-year deal and now he can potentially become their next project lineman.

The Saints aren’t strangers to getting solid production from their offensive linemen, no matter where they were taken in the draft, and maybe that will end up happening for Washington too. Tessler mentioned in the tweet above how his client can also play guard, and we all know how lackluster the guard positions in New Orleans are right now.

Both Andrus Peat and Cesar Ruiz are underwhelming so if Washington comes in and makes a positive impression, maybe he can light a fire under those two.

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More than likely, though, Washington will be battling it out for a third-string spot on the roster or a practice squad spot. It’s still good to see the Saints bringing in depth on their offensive line though.