When Terron Armstead took over the New Orleans Saints‘ starting left tackle position in Week 16 of last season, the entire line improved. Armstead showed a ton of promise in his starts, and he now enters 2014 as the clear starter at the position for New Orleans. On a team that has had quite a few elite offensive linemen over the last few years, Armstead could be the Saints’ next great lineman.
Armstead has reportedly had a great training camp, and while that doesn’t always translate into game success, Armstead’s development appears to be legitimate. With a big frame and great power, Armstead is a particularly good pass-blocker which is very valuable in New Orleans’ pass-happy offense. The Saints needed someone to step up and fill the void left by Jermon Bushrod last season, and it appears Armstead is that guy.
As I said earlier, the Saints have had some great offensive linemen over the years. With guys like Bushrod, Carl Nicks, Jahri Evans and Jamaal Brown, Armstead certainly has some big shoes to fill, but he’s more than up to the task if his exceptional play last year is any indication.
Overall, Armstead is a guy everyone should have an eye on as we go into the 2014 season. With his exceptional talent and that fact that he is in a great schematic fit with the Saints, it’s easy to see why he’s so highly regarded. Armstead is clearly the Saints’ next great offensive lineman.