Out goes Jermon Bushrod, in comes Charles Brown.
After the New Orleans Saints‘ second preseason victory against the Oakland Raiders it would appear that the Saints have figured out who is going to get the nod to be the starting left tackle when the regular season begins. Brown, a four year veteran, looks as if he has all but secured the starting role protecting Drew Brees‘ blindside barring any injuries or dip in performance.
This should comfort New Orleans fans.
After all, it was just earlier this summer that head coach Sean Payton said that the question of who would fill two time Pro Bowler Bushrod’s position was enough to keep him awake at night. Well, again, barring any major setback or serious injury, I’d like to think that Payton can take comfort in Brown’s play and trust him with that responsibility.
To ensure that he maintains the starting role at the left tackle position, Brown will need to continue to play well and avoid the injury bug that has plagued him in the past in his knees and hip. Hopefully the offseason workouts and conditioning he put himself through at the Saints’ workout facility will be enough to help him overcome his being prone to injury.
I understand we’ve only seen two preseason games thus far and that the regular season is a completely different beast from the preseason, but overall the Saints are in a good position. The rest of the offensive line is pretty solid, Brees is starting to click with all of his receivers and the defense is looking far better than it did last year.
Things could definitely be worse, Saints fans.