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Steve: Larry Warford making Saints offensive line complete

Steve Geller
June 05, 2017 - 10:39 am

Beefing up the offensive line was a prime focus of the Saints this offseason. The team used their last pick in the first round of the NFL draft to select tackle Ryan Ramczyk out of Wisconsin; and in free agency, they signed guard Larry Warford to a four-year deal, worth $34 million with $17 million guaranteed. He was a 3rd round selection of the Lions in 2013 and has made an instant impact in New Orleans.

“Larry’s a stud. He’s a guy that works so hard,” said left tackle Terron Amstread following an OTA practice.  “Bringing his passion of the game, his mentality; it’s a great addition for us.”

The Black and Gold are going through unpadded practices currently, so it is default to see any real difference Warford is making.  According to analytics website Pro Football Focus, he recorded the best run-blocking grade and pass-blocking grade among Detroit players a season ago. Drew Brees feels his new 6’3, 317lb guard is adjusting to the Saints way of doing things without any issue.

“I like his presence in the huddle,” said Brees. “I think there’s an intensity there that he brings and a confidence.  He fits right in to that line, the huddle and the offense.”

Warford may be having an easier time getting up to caught up to speed compared to others because of his familiarity with the terminology used in the Black & Gold’s offense.  He’s heard some of the same things before since Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi spent the last 2 seasons with Warford as the Lions offensive coordinator.  

The Saints will wrap up the 3rd and final week of voluntary OTAs this week.  Mandatory mini-camp runs from June 13-15th.  

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