When Andrus Peat watched the film of his first full start in the NFL, he came away thinking exactly what his first impression had been after the game.
There was a lot of good to build a foundation.
But Peat also saw plenty that needs to get better after he gave up a sack, two quarterback hits and a run stuff in 69 plays against the Eagles.
“Cleaning up some technique, footwork, just to put me in better position against the opponent,” Peat said.
Peat gave up another sack, but Drew Brees held the ball for more than three seconds on the play, beyond the normal out of time to get the ball out of the pocket.
Nonetheless, the New Orleans coaching staff was pleased with the first-round pick’s opening act under he gun.
“He was solid,” Sean Payton said. “Look, there were some movement issues at times off the play action, but I thought he did a lot of good things.”
A play-action pass block is nothing like a normal passing down, when Peat can get into a normal ankle set — the typical pass blocking set where the tackle kicks back to the outside — or a jump set, attacking the defender at the line of scrimmage.
Instead, on play action, Peat has to sell the run block — a different technique — and then transition to pass blocking. Fletcher Cox took advantage of the rookie’s learning curve on his second strip-sack, allowing Peat’s momentum to get the tackle overextended and disengaging to get a free run at Brees.
“It’s definitely different selling the run fake,” Peat said. “It’s just something I’ve got to practice a little more.”
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