Pro Football Focus created the NFL’s most balance offensive line by using the highest grades linemen in the NFL in both run-blocking and pass-blocking in 2018. The highest grades tackle selected by Pro Football Focus? Terron Armstead of the New Orleans Saints.
TERRON ARMSTEAD, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Terron Armstead has been in the conversation as one of the NFL’s most balanced offensive lineman in the NFL ever since his breakout season in 2015 where he earned a 92.6 overall grade. In 2018, the seventh-year left tackle was one of only two offensive tackles to finish top 10 in both pass-blocking and run-blocking grades, resulting in an overall grade of 87.7. For his elite play, he earned the top spot on PFF’s top 25 offensive linemen of the 2018 NFL season.
Armstead finished the regular season with a pass-blocking grade of 89.3, the second-best mark among offensive tackles. With only 11 pressures (seven hurries, three hits, one sack) allowed on 329 pass-blocking snaps, Armstead tied for the fourth-best pass-blocking efficiency rating (98.2) at his position. From a run-blocking standpoint, 2018 was Armstead’s second-best career effort with a 78.0 run-blocking grade, third among offensive tackles.
Armstead had another solid year in 2018, finishing the year with his highest AV of his career according to Pro Football Reference, despite playing in only 10 games. Unfortunately, failing to play in a full season is basically Armstead’s M.O. He’s never played a full 16 games in his six year career, maxing out at 14 games in 2014.
When Armstead is on the field, he’s one of the NFL’s best. The problem is, Armstead has missed 21 games over the past three seasons.