The New Orleans Saints are entering the first year of the Dennis Allen era and there’s a lot of intrigue with the black and gold. These five players, however, need to step up and show that they can provide a bigger role for their team.
According to the Collins dictionary, the term “on thin ice” means that someone is in a risky situation and could face consequences. These five Saints players have found themselves skating on thin ice as the team inches closer to the start of training camp.
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5. Cesar Ruiz
This won’t come as a surprise to anyone. As much as Saints fans would like for Cesar Ruiz to not be in the starting lineup, that’s not going to happen. He’s only in the third year of his rookie contract and the team didn’t bring in anyone that can realistically challenge him for the starting right guard job.
Ruiz, a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has been disappointing through the first two years of his career and that’s led to him being on thin ice as of now. While his starting job isn’t in danger, he runs the risk of not getting his fifth-year option picked up this time next year if he puts together another lackluster season on the offensive line.
The Ruiz pick was surprising when it happened and while his versatility could have been an asset, he hasn’t played well so far. He needs to have the training camp and preseason of a lifetime to no longer be skating on thin ice.