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25 reasons to get excited about 2018 Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon: No. 19 - Offensive Line

Offensive line created holes for Pro Bowl running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara

See the best moments from Saints offensive line throughout the 2017 season.

Last season the New Orleans Saints saw their regular season win total jump four games, the team won the NFC South and defeated the Carolina Panthers in the wild-card round of the playoffs. One of the main reasons for this success was the play of the team's offensive line. The offensive line created holes for Pro Bowl running backs Mark Ingram II and Alvin Kamara and led the league in pass-blocking efficiency rating (84.6) while allowing the fewest quarterback pressures (110), according to Pro Football Focus. The group was also effective in blocking zone runs as Saints backs averaged 2.56 yards before contact on inside zone runs (second in the NFL) and 1.80 yards before contact on outside zone runs (fifth in the NFL).

​A look at the starting players Saints fan can check out at Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon. The camp schedule will be released soon.

Left tackle: Terron Armstead

When healthy, Armstead is one of the top left tackles in the NFL. However, through his first five seasons, Armstead has only played in 50 games, thus meaning he has missed 30 games in his career.

Armstead tore his labrum last summer and was forced to miss games in the beginning of the season, along with not being able to properly prepare in the off-season. Coming into his sixth year as an NFL and Saints player, Armstead is hoping to stay healthy so he can provide his talents to the offensive line over the course of the 16-week season. The 6-foot-5, 304-pound lineman has one of the most important jobs on the team: protecting Drew Brees' blind side.

Left guard: Andrus Peat

Peat is set to enter his fourth season as a member of the Black and Gold. The former first team All-Pac 12 member is projected to line up to the right of Armstead and man the left guard position along the Saints offensive line. The 6-7, 316-pounder had his fair share of struggles in his first two seasons, however he put together a strong season last year often finding himself playing different positions as other members of the offensive line became injured. Peat looks to continue his improvement and keep making large contributions to the offensive front of the Saints in 2018.

Center: Max Unger

After being traded from the Seattle Seahawks to the Saints in 2015 as a part of the Jimmy Graham deal, Unger has paid dividends for the Saints. The two time Pro Bowler has only missed one game in three seasons and provided consistency at the center position for Brees and the offense.

Unger has allowed only six sacks over the 47 regular season games he has played with the Black and Gold. In 2017, the Saints starting center committed zero penalties.

Right guard: Larry Warford

A new addition to the team in 2017, Warford was plugged into the starting lineup on the day of his arrival. The former Detroit Lion only gave up one sack and only committed two penalties in his first year with the Saints. His stellar play at that position earned him a spot in the Pro Bowl.

Right tackle: Ryan Ramczyk

A first round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Ramczyk immediately found himself starting on the Saints offensive line. He manned the ever-important right tackle position in his rookie season after veteran Zach Strief was lost for the season due to injury. The All-American out of Wisconsin only gave up two sacks all season and was selected to the PFWA All-Rookie team, along with fellow Saints Alvin Kamara, Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams.

The Saints also signed veteran offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod to provide depth to the tackle and guard positions. The Saints also drafted tackle Rick Leonard and center/guard Will Clapp in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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