Nov 29, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Andrus Peat (75) blocks Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) during the first half of a game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
LOSER: ANDRUS PEAT, GUARD / TACKLE / WHEREVER THEY TELL ME TO LINE UP
Where do we even begin here?
Let’s just say this Peat’s performance was not pretty whatsoever.
Brees was under pressure consistently, and while the unit struggled as a whole and there were other linemen who also struggled individually, it was Peat that got the most heat from fans and analysts alike, for his poor performance.
Now to be completely fair, we are talking about a 2nd year player whose head has to be swimming right now, after being constantly shuffled around from one spot to another.
It would seem that the Saints may be doing the young man a huge disservice, by asking him to do all of these things that he clearly is not comfortable with or capable of doing on a physical as well as a mental level.
"Andrus Peat is stiff as a board. He doesn’t adjust well to outside moves and he gets thrown off balance on the bull-rush."
— Michael Detillier (@MikeDetillier) August 21, 2016
Aug 3, 2015; White Sulphur Springs, WV, USA; New Orleans Saints tackle Andrus Peat (75) answers questions from the media following a day of training camp at The Greenbrier. Mandatory Credit: Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports
On one play early on in the first quarter, Peat — who everyone assumed would be playing at right guard last night but then for some unexplained reason was put in at left tackle — got destroyed on a bull-rush by Texans defense end Jadeveon Clowney, who blew right past Peat and picked up the easy sack on Brees.
A few series later, Peat had to give Clowney a bear hug, just so that he could prevent Clowney from him hitting Brees again. The referee immediately threw the flag for holding.
Now the Saints have a critical decision moving forward.
Do they keep going with the experimentation of putting Peat at different positions? Or are they going to finally leave him at one specific spot, and hope that he plays well at over the course of time?
At this point, it would seem that Peat’s confidence is almost completely shattered; and they need to figure out a way to get it restored, before the ‘Peat Experiment’ blows right up in their face.
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