By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate
A key spot has to be filled on the New Orleans offensive line.
Not among the five starters. If every one of the top five — Terron Armstead at left tackle, Andrus Peat at left guard, Max Unger at center, Larry Warford at right guard and Ryan Ramczyk at right tackle — remain healthy, the Saints will open the season with one of the NFL's best offensive line.
Figuring out who would be the next man up if one of those five go down is the problem the Saints face now. When New Orleans opens the preseason in Jacksonville on Thursday night, all eyes will be on the linemen jockeying for position behind the starters.
“I think there's pretty good competition," Saints head coach Sean Payton said. "This game is going to be important. The next four games are going to be important just to see what we have. There’s some young guys, there are some veteran guys. We will see how it turns out."
No matter how good the Saints offensive line looks, the odds that all five will play every snap together are astronomical; no team used the same combination for every game a year ago. ...
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