Saints Offensive Line Break Down

Last year the New Orleans Saints offensive line paved the way for 1606 yards plus 15 touchdowns on the ground and they gave Aaron Brooks enough time in the pocket to throw for 3810 yards and 21 touchdowns. With the addition of Pro-Bowl offensive tackle Jermane Mayberry those numbers should improve. Here is a detailed look at what the offensive line might look like when 2005 season begins.

The key to every great offense is a great offensive line, starting with the center. Luckily for the Saints they have a great one in LeCharles Bentley (6 foot 2, 313 pounds). He proved to be very versatile playing his first 2 seasons at right guard. Bentley, who is only 25 years of age, gives Saints fans someone they can look forward to watching play for many years to come, if he can stay healthy.

The Saints have a proven group of athletes at guard starting with right guard Montrae Holland. The 6 foot 2, 322 pound guard started all of last year and at just 24 years of age he's still improving. At left guard is veteran Kendyl Jacox (6 foot 2, 325 pounds). He has started at left guard for the Saints since 2002. The Saints also have very solid back-ups at guard including veterans Spencer Folau (6 foot 5, 310 pounds) and Jamar Nesbit (6 foot 4, 328 pounds).

The tackle position figures to be a strong point for the Saints in 2005 despite apparently opting not to re-sign unrestricted free agent Victor Riley. At left tackle veteran Wayne Gandy (6 foot 4, 315 pounds) is expected to start. He has proved to be a great player for the Saints however at 34 if he starts to show signs of aging don't be surprised if the young but very talented Jon Stinchcomb (6 foot 5, 315 pounds) takes over for Gandy.

At right tackle will be the newly acquired veteran Jermane Mayberry (6 foot 4, 325 pounds). Some people believe the Saints should play the former Pro Bowler at guard but he has starting experience everywhere on the offensive line except center. Mayberry also has an abundance of post season experience including Super Bowl XXXIX.

Projected 2005 starting Offensive Line

LT: Wayne Gandy
LG: Kendyl Jacox
C: LeCharles Bentley
RG: Montrae Holland
RT: Jermane Mayberry

Coming soon a detailed breakdown of the Wide Receivers and Tight Ends.

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