The New Orleans Saints’ offensive line has been one of the best in the NFL for the past few seasons, but right now they are a little banged up. The Saints are dealing with injuries to tackles Zach Strief, Charles Brown, and now you can add rookie tackle Bryce Harris to the list.
Harris suffered a leg injury in the Saints’ 31-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night and his return is doubtful for Thursday against the Atlanta Falcons. Now the Saints will have to turn to newly acquired offensive tackle William Robinson to fill in on the right side with the injuries to Strief, Brown, and Harris.
Strief, the starting right tackle and team captain, suffered a groin injury a few weeks ago and has not seen any playing time since. Furthermore, Brown suffered a knee injury and did not play in Sunday’s contest against the 49ers. The Saints signed Robinson after Brown with down with a knee injury and he will now have to step up late into the season and fill the void on the offensive line.
Robinson’s signing was a very wise move for the Saints, because now he will assume the starting right tackle position and hopefully he can help protect Drew Brees. Robinson was on the Saints’ practice squad last season and now he will get the chance to start for the Saints on Thursday. Robinson is a competent tackle and he is adept in pass blocking as well as run blocking.
A few practices with the team should help Robinson get better acquainted with the Saints’ system. Unfortunately, Robinson will pretty much be learning on the fly as the Saints have a short week with the Thursday night game.
Hopefully, all the injuries to the right tackles will not last long and Robinson can come in and help out. Furthermore, Robinson needs to stay healthy because the Saints cannot afford to lose another right tackle.