T-Bob: I don't think you're ready for this jelly - Saints O-Line
by T-Bob Hebert,posted Jul 26 2014 3:02PM
Its day four here at the Greenbrier, and finally, for the first time, I got to see what we actually travelled all this way for… practice! Yes, Allen Iverson, I am indeed talking about practice and I am happy to be doing so. Due to my adventures through the hotel itself, I was unable to make practice yesterday so this was my first opportunity to put eyes on this Saints team this week.
When most people watch practice, they only want to watch the sexy positions and the sexy plays. Quarterback, wide recievers, running backs… these are the TV-friendly positions that get the girls. I care not for female attention because there is only one position group that really gets my blood going, and they are the big men up front. The first line of defense, the big uglies, the rotund wrecking balls… of course I’m talking about the offensive line.
If the Saints are going to live up to expectations this year, it is going to start up front. If day one is any indicator of things to come, Saints fans will have a lot to cheer for this fall. The offense looked dominant today as they pretty much had their way with the defense throughout the day. I wouldn’t read too much into this, as tomorrow, the defense could come back and do the exact same thing - but there are a lot of positives to take out of their performance today.
I think Tim Lelito has continued to show improvement. It never hurts when you have two pro bowl guards next to you, but that shouldn’t take away from what Lelito has been able to do. Despite the fact that he is competing with a 13-year veteran, Lelito continues to take all of the first team reps and looks more and more comfortable doing so. The calls are happening quicker, and the chemistry seems to be quickly developing.
Speaking of chemistry, Terron Armstead and Ben Grubbs seem to be gelling very nicely heading into year two. Armstead is one of the big question marks that no one is asking questions about, but everything I have seen so far leads me to believe that he is developing into a potentially dominant left tackle. His footwork on pass sets looks excellent, and the work that he gets going against Cam Jordan, Junior Gallete, and the rest of this Saints D-line is invaluable.
So far, so good for the big-bootied bohemoths, but there is still a LOOONG way to go before they kick it off against Atlanta in week 1. I will sleep with a giddy excitement tonight as the pads finally go on tomorrow and we will get our first look at the drill that separates the men from the boys.. ONE ON ONE PASS RUSH LETS GEAUX! Until next time (tomorrow) take it easy, and dream of fat boys.
PS Jonathan Goodwin has the best calves on the O-line hands down. I have about 20 pictures on my phone (I know its super creepy) trying to capture the majesty of them and unfortunately it didn’t quite work, but here's one of the best shots.