The New Orleans Saints offensive line was “one of the best in the NFL” according to SBNation’s Geoff Schwartz, but it didn’t happen overnight. The building of this offensive line started in 2013 with the selection of left tackle Terron Armstead and with the addition of another piece nearly every year since has become one of the best units in the league. In 2018, the Saints offense was sixth in the league in rushing, averaging 126 yards per game and finishing with 2,025 rushing yards, carving out running lanes for running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. The Saints were second in the league in fewest sacks allowed (20), allowing quarterback Drew Brees to set the NFL record for completion percentage.
Left tackle Terron Armstead has been with the Saints the longest, having been drafted by New Orleans in 2013 as the 75th overall pick. In 2018, Armstead played 10 games and was selected Second Team All-Pro by The Associated Press, and was voted into his first Pro Bowl.
Since being drafted 13th in the 2015 NFL Draft, Andrus Peat has continued to develop his role on the offensive line, playing multiple positions. In his fourth year with the team, Peat earned his first Pro Bowl selection after playing in 13 games.
Center Max Unger has been the front man to Brees for 61 games over four seasons. For the last two seasons, Unger has led the team in snaps, racking up 1,037 snaps in 2017 and 1,013 in 2018. Unger was selected to the Pro Bowl for the third time, the first since being with New Orleans.
Right guard Larry Warford spent his first four season with the Lions before coming to New Orleans in 2017, where he’s earned Pro Bowl selections two years in a row.
Right tackle Ryan Ramczyk was called to action immediately after being selected 32nd in the 2017 draft, playing every offensive snap that season. In 2018, Ramczyk played 15 regular games and was selected to the Second Team All-Pro by The Associated Press. The tackle out of Wisconsin played the second-most snaps for the Saints this season, finishing with 997.
In his second stint with New Orleans, tackle Jermon Bushrod played in 11 games this season. In his 12th season, Bushrod tackled obstacles on and off the field. His team voted him as the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award due to the tragic death of his and his wife’s daughter, Jordyn, on Oct. 18, 2018. Bushrod took some time away from football but eventually came back to finish out the season.
“We just mesh well together,” Larry Warford said of his teammates on the line. “We trust each other, like I don’t think anybody else does. I feel like we have that chemistry to know that, ‘He’s going to be here for me on this play,’ and, ‘Hey, he’s going to be gone and I know he needs to be here.’ We’re not worried about putting ourselves in bad positions in order to help the other guys on the line, because sometimes a play requires that. There’s no selfishness among this line. I think that’s a big part of it.”
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