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Saints 2019 Year in Review: Zach Line

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The end of the Line for Zach.

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately there isn't much to say for Zach Line in 2019. The biggest thing to review is the fact that it turned out to be the final year of his 7 season NFL career. Line came to the New Orleans Saints in 2017 after leaving Minnesota as a free agent. The 6’1, 233 lb Fullback never had a rushing touchdown as a Saint but he did catch 3 touchdown passes in his first two seasons in New Orleans. The role in New Orleans was clear: make the short yardage gain, block for Brees and the backs, and make the occasional goal line catch. Line was pretty good at his job.

2019 saw Line’s production take a hit, much of which had to do with dealing with injury. Zach Line finished the season with the following stat line:

Line was a regular on special teams for the Saints which added to his value for Sean Payton over the years. He would have been an unrestricted free agent this offseason and there would have been a good chance the team would move on from him at this point. Where the Saints decide to go at fullback in 2020 remains to be seen, as fullback continues to be a dwindling position in today’s NFL, but the Saints have always had a use for a fullback. A player like Line, whose versatility gave him value in Sean Payton’s offense will likely continue to be valued to the Saints going forward. Best of luck to Zach Line in his future endeavors outside of playing football.