NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Their preseason performance was so bad it forced their head coach to say this: "It's week three in preseason but our ability to protect the passer, obviously, is very concerning."
But now five games into the season, the Saints offensive line has found stability despite a rash of injuries that has caused three different starting lineups.
At left tackle, Terron Armstead, Andrus Peat and Tony Hills have all gotten snaps. At left guard, Peat, Senio Kelemete and Tim Lelito have all started a game.
"I think it just speaks well to our depth," center Max Unger said. "We've had guys that had gotten a lot snaps these last couple of years at positions that haven't normally played and I think we've been able to lean on that."
And they've also been able to the franchise clean. Drew Brees has only been sacked eight times this season, second fewest in the NFL.
"We do a lot of things offensively," Drew Brees said. "We move the pocket a lot, change up the launch points, I mean we do a lot of things that require a lot of expertise and attention to detail on their part and they have been shuffled around a little bit with some injuries and just guys in different places, but I mean together as a unit they're just so steady and so poised "
Now that offensive line remains a mixed bag health wise. Left tackle Terron Armstead returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis and could be available Sunday. However, Andrus Peat did not practice.