With their first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the NOLA Saints selected Cesar Ruiz, an offensive lineman out of Michigan. Ruiz played center at Michigan but the Saints kicked him outside to right guard, where he's mostly played since joining the team.
Fans have not been a fan of Ruiz since he was drafted and his poor play in his first two seasons didn't help his case. At the end of his rookie year, he had a PFF grade of 58.6 and in 2021, he finished with a 57.6 PFF grade. These even seemed pretty generous as it seemed like Ruiz was whiffing on his blocks more often than not.
This year was huge for Ruiz, as he's entering year three and so far, he's impressed. His PFF grade after four games is 62.1 and he's only been responsible for one sack and two pressures, which is the fewest allowed on the NOLA offensive line.
Cesar Ruiz finally playing good football for NOLA Saints
Per the tweet from Jeff Nowak, Ruiz has improved on the offensive line and this is exactly what the Saints needed to see from him this year. He still has one year remaining on his rookie deal and if he continues to play well this season and next year, an extension might be in the works for him. That's not something fans thought would be the case after how rough his first two years went.
Chris Rosvoglou went back and rewatched the game and pointed out how great Ruiz looked. He noted that he finished off blocks and didn't make mistakes. This is a great sign for Ruiz's production moving forward and hopefully he can keep up this level of play.