Pro Football Focus, who is notorious for handing out grades and assessments on players based on their performance during games, handed out their five winners and five losers from NFL Preseason Week 1 recently. Second-year offensive tackle Andrus Peat didn’t exactly make the cut.
Here’s what they had to say:
2. Saints OL Andrus Peat’s chances at tackle
I’ll start this off with the caveat that Peat was put in an almost unwinnable situation Thursday night, as he switched between LT and RT. The difference in footwork has been compared by some to shooting a basketball with your non-dominant hand, and forcing someone to make that switch mid-game is a tall order. That being said, Peat was a liability on both sides, allowing four pressures on 19 pass-blocking snaps, adding two penalties for good measure. It might be time to concede that Peat will be a guard in the NFL.
It’s not a secret, but Peat has been shifted around on the team’s offensive line. However, it hasn’t exactly worked out. Peat has been a trooper in doing what has been asked of him by filling in for injured players, but we should start seeing him settle in to his projected right guard spot.
As Nick Underhill of The Advocate recently pointed out, Peat is working to learn and adjust to the nuances of playing guard.