NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - When the Saints took Andrus Peat with the 13th overall pick in the 2015 Draft, they saw their tackle of the future, but in the present, patience is key with Peat.
It may have only been five practices but Peat admits he is definitely still a work in progress. "I think I'm doing some good things but I definitely have a lot more improving to do. Each day I'm just trying to come out and focus on my technique and the little things to help me out in the long run," Peat said.
Head Coach Sean Payton knows to be patient with the rookie learning curve. "Each rep, you know you just keep giving them to him. I think he's all of a sudden, you see it...it's putting it together consistently," Payton said.
Nowhere is that more evident that during one-on-one lineman drills where there are plays Peat gets beat badly and other where he holds his own. "There's definitely some of our best pass rushers out here. The Cam Jordan's and Anthony Spencer's and guys like that. I feel like it's a great opportunity for me to go against them," Peat said.
Peat has been with the second team at right tackle behind Zach Strief all camp and despite him wanting to eventually take his job, Peat says Strief's tutelage has been invaluable. "I think it's helped a lot," Peat added. "Every time I'm going and taking a rep, he is watching my technique and critiquing it and whatever he sees, he is telling me if I'm doing it wrong, how to do it right. That's in the film room as well so he has been a big help to me so far."
Strief is comfortable with the role. "I want to make sure that he understands that I'm willing to help him. I'm willing to do the things regardless if that is hurting me," Strief said. "That's just reality and that's okay because I watched someone do it and I know what it meant to me and it changed my career to have a guy like that."
What set Peat back even more was that he couldn't join the team until late in the offseason due to school obligations but he says he feels caught up and is slowly feeling more comfortable.