The New Orleans Saints roster added Josh Andrews roughly a month ago. What should fans expect to see from him this year?
This time last year, the New Orleans Saints offensive line was one of the best in the league but that isn’t the case now. It’s not one of the worst units by any means but losing Terron Armstead is going to be hard to overcome.
The Saints have done their part in adding depth behind their starting unit and one of the names brought in to battle for a starting spot is Josh Andrews. The undrafted product out of Oregon State has spent time with the Eagles, Colts, Jets, and Falcons but he only appeared in two games for Atlanta last year. He started four games for the Jets in 2020.
Saints Roster: What should fans expect from Josh Andrews in 2022?
Before we discuss Andrews’ role, let’s talk about what the starting o-line will look like in New Orleans this year.
With Armstead no longer in the Big Easy, rookie Trevor Penning will likely win the starting left tackle job over James Hurst. At left guard will be the overpaid Andrus Peat, at center is Erik McCoy, right guard is Cesar Ruiz, and right tackle is Ryan Ramczyk.
Andrews’ likeliest role is as a backup offensive guard, likely at left guard. Peat is the starter there and, as we’ve seen in the past, struggles to stay on the field at times. Andrews will probably be competing with former Chargers’ second-round pick Forrest Lamp for the backup job behind Peat.
The Saints’ offensive line dealt with their fair share of injuries last year with only Ruiz remaining healthy throughout the course of the season. It’s not crazy to think that Andrews could end up seeing some playing time if Peat goes down.
What New Orleans is getting with Andrews is a seasoned backup offensive lineman who can fill in for a starter if he needs to. The expectation is that we won’t see him on the field much but he might be called upon to start if injuries pile up like they did last season.
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