Deuce: Nick Easton, Patrick Omameh played really well for the Saints

WWL Newsroom
November 25, 2019 - 9:58 am

By: Jordan Fiegel

Against the Carolina Panthers, the New Orleans Saints started without left guard Andrus Peat.  On their second drive, stalwart left tackle Terron Armstead went down with an injury and did not return.  He will reportedly miss some time with a high ankle sprain.

“That’s a tough road to hoe for any team,” WWL Saints color analyst Deuce McAllister admitted.  “Atlanta had six sacks against the Saints a couple weeks ago.  There’s been a lot of change on the left side of that line for the Saints.  They’ve got to be able to get it together and make sure they’re on the same page."

The left side of the Saints offensive line is now Nick Easton, who has started two games this season already, at left guard and Patrick Omameh, who has 56 career starts with four different teams, at left tackle.

McAllister thought “both of those guys really played well when you take everything into consideration.”

“Nick has been practicing the last couple weeks at that left guard position,” McAllister said.  “He’s done well.  [Panthers DT] Gerald McCoy did get some pressure inside a couple times.  They’ve got to do a better job of not allowing defenders to split them. 

“As far as being on the same page [with the offensive line] and helping in the run game, being able to create running lanes, Easton did a really good job,” McAllister continued. 

Entering the Carolina game, Omameh had played in just 17 snaps for the Saints offense this season; but he has plenty of previous NFL experience.

“Patrick Omameh has played in the NFL before,” McAllister pointed out.  “This is his seventh year, so he’s not a young guy.  He’s not a rookie that you’re throwing into the fire.  He’s not as talented as Terron Armstead, of course.  He had a holding call and gave up a sack; but, outside of that, when you’re playing 56 snaps against the top team in sacks, I thought he did a really nice job.”

The Panthers notched two sacks and another four QB hits on Drew Brees, but the offensive line played well enough to allow Brees to throw for 311 yards while Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray combined for over 100 yards on the ground.

Their next test comes on Thanksgiving against an Atlanta front seven that found its footing in New Orleans a few games ago, recording six sacks against the Saints despite only having had seven sacks in their previous eight games.

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