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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The Saints beat the St. Louis Rams 26-24 in a hard fought, back-and-forth game that saw the Rams miss a 59 yard field goal as time expired. There was plenty to be pleased with for members of the Who Dat ...

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Old 08-09-2014, 09:55 AM   #1
 
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Linemen Shine in Preseason Debut

The Saints beat the St. Louis Rams 26-24 in a hard fought, back-and-forth game that saw the Rams miss a 59 yard field goal as time expired. There was plenty to be pleased with for members of the Who Dat Nation, not the least of which was the excellent depth displayed in the trenches on both sides of the line.

The Saints rushing woes were well documented last season, and while I would say that we should not read too much into just one pre-season game, that is no reason to completely dismiss the success that was had tonight. The offensive line had an excellent night as the team ran for 123 yards on 24 carries which is good for a 5.1 yards per carry average.

Also, the Saints did not allow a single sack against a team that was third in the NFL with 53.0 last year. This stellar showing from the big men up front is made even more impressive when you consider the fact that both Pro Bowl guards, Ben Grubbs and Jahri Evans, sat out forcing Senio Kelemete, Jared Weaver, and Marcel Jones into additional reps.

Without the benefit of recording the game and watching the film it is hard to say exactly who played the best, but the box score speaks of an offensive line that was dominant and did not miss a beat, no matter who was in the lineup. The Saints were excellent at the point of attack and there were multiple times tonight where the O-line was not just winning with stalemates but rather by driving the guy lined up across from them two or three yards back. This was but a mere taste… a teaser if you will… it definitely has me excited to see the rest of the show!

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Old 08-09-2014, 10:06 AM   #2
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I was happy with what I saw from the O-Line, last night. Now, let's hope it just keeps getting better.
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Did we find a diamond in the rough in Kelemente?

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Loomis is making it awfully difficult to identify camp bodies.
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I thought our O-line looked stout last night. Ingram looked good, Robinson looked good and Griffin(all but 2 brain farts) looked good. If Griffin keeps it up he can be our #2. The little scat back Strozier made some plays last night that caught my attention, might just do enough to make it interesting at the #4 rb. spot.
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I thought the O-line did a pretty good job.........relatively good anyway. We got a push on running plays and held the line on passing plays.
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I thought they did well run blocking but Griffin sure looked like he was being pressured a lot.
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Did anybody pay attention to Tavon Rooks? How did he look? I didn't notice when he was in. Maybe that's a good thing though, if he can blend right in and look like one of our proven lineman..
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:00 AM   #9
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all i n all they looked pretty good in the run game. the pass protection was not bad.

whole bunch of back ups all over the place in their first preseason game so i pass they get a passing grade. but i would watch the waiver wire still. I am not that sold
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Kelemete and Foketi graded 3rd and 7th best on our offense. And it should be noted that they played against Rams starting D-line which could be the best in the NFL.

Harris is our 3rd LT and he did OK. Not great but not too bad either. Rooks played poorly but understandably, he's a 2 or 3 year project anyway.
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