The time has come for Andrus Peat, the Saints’ top draft pick makes his first NFL start at Philadelphia on Sunday _lowres

Saints first-round pick Andrus Peat


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Andrus Peat still has some catching up to do.

The Saints’ top pick struggled in one-on-one pass protection against New Orleans’ veteran pass rushers on Saturday, his first chance in full pads.

“It really gives guys the chance to get live work,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “It’s something that you can no longer do in the offseason. Ten years ago, you would get some of those reps in the spring, and so they become that much more important because you don’t have that many opportunities to do it. ”