The Saints have plenty of question marks on the roster as we continue through the preseason, and depth on the offensive and defensive lines are two of the biggest issues.
On offense, though, fortunately the presence of Erik McCoy and veteran Nick Easton has provided the New Orleans Saints coaching staff with a little bit of flexibility and peace of mind moving forward. If McCoy, the rookie, wins the starting center job after Max Unger announced his retirement, Easton can still fill in at one of the guard positions. Likewise, if Easton takes the job, McCoy becomes first-man-up in the event of injury.
But when Bleacher Report published a piece on the 1 Thing We’ve Learned About Every NFL Team During Training Camp, for the New Orleans Saints, it was that McCoy seems to look like “the guy” moving forward:
The New Orleans Saints found themselves having to replace a three-time Pro Bowler at center this offseason when Max Unger decided to retire. They spent a second-round pick on former Texas A&M center Erik McCoy in this year’s draft and put him into a battle with Cameron Tom and Nick Easton entering camp.
At this point, that battle appears to be all but over. McCoy is looking like a quality draft selection and the Saints’ starting center for the foreseeable future.
”The last time McCoy did not trot out with the starting unit was Monday, July 29, when Nick Easton got the nod,” Herbie Teope of NOLA.com wrote. ”...The Saints used a second-round pick on McCoy for a reason, and it sure looks like he’s well on his way to be named as Max Unger’s replacement.”
McCoy has a long way to go before he’s considered to be on Unger’s level. But if he continues to build on his impressive training camp, New Orleans will have one less position to worry about during the regular season.
McCoy definitely has a long way to go before he would be considered on Unger’s level, but frankly, Unger wasn’t on Unger’s level in 2018. If McCoy can continue to show this level of performance come Week 1, the Saints will have made a significant improvement at the position from 2018 to 2019.