Offensive Line Rankings and Notes: Preseason Week 3

Offensive line related news, injuries, and updates, prior to Regular Season Opener

This is the All-32 Offensive Line Season Preview article.

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⇧ Most Improved - These teams have done the most to improve their offensive line in the most recent offseason:

  • Atlanta Falcons - Added James Carpenter, Chris Lindstrom (R), & Kaleb McGary (R).
  • New York Jets - Added Kelechi Osemele, Ryan Kalil, & Alex Lewis (also hired Frank Pollack to coach).
  • Denver Broncos - Added Ja'Wuan James, Dalton Risner (R) (also hired Mike Munchak to coach).

⇩ Cause for Concern - These teams have lineup uncertainties which could hold back their score:

  • San Francisco 49ers - Joe Staley's grade might be too high (age).
  • Los Angeles Rams - 2 new starters, Andrew Whitworth's grade might be too high (age).
  • Cincinnati Bengals - Clint Boling and Christian Westerman retired, Jonah Williams to IR.

☒ Missing Starter - These teams have one or more notable starting players missing, affecting their score:

  • Washington Redskins - Left tackle Trent Williams (contract dispute - hold out).
  • Tennessee Titans - Left tackle Taylor Lewan (4 game suspension).
  • Oakland Raiders - Left guard Richie Incognito (2 game suspension), right guard Gabe Jackson (knee injury).

Also, at the end of this article, there will be a methodology section, explaining how the grades are calculated.

Top-Tier LINES

Lines with A grades are considered the best, with A+ grades the elite groups in the entire league.

New Orleans Saints

Rank: 1 of 32


Starters: Terron Armstead, Andrus Peat, Erik McCoy (R), Larry Warford, Ryan Ramczyk.

Grade: A+.

Overview: How does a team get to be the top-ranked line? Start the year with two All-Pros at tackles, two Pro Bowlers at guard, and draft a first-round stud at the center position. Many were worried about how the team could replace Max Unger when he retired this offseason, but Erik McCoy, the selection out of Texas A&M has answered all the questions so far in camp. Positional Coach Dan Roushar has become one of the better line coaches in football.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Rank: 2 of 32


Starters: Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson.

Grade: A+.

Overview: Left guard Isaac Seumalo has earned the confidence of the coaching staff and is considered the primary backup (and heir-apparent) to Kelce at the center position. Brooks (Achilles) and Johnson (knee) have been out of action but are probable for Week 1. Top talent, rich depth, and the excellent coaching of Jeff Stoutland combine to give Philadelphia’s offensive line one of the league’s best grades headed into the season.

DALLAS COWBOYS

Rank: 3 of 32

Starters: Tyron Smith, Connor Williams, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, La'el Collins.

Grade: A+.

Overview: Left tackle Tyron Smith and right guard Zack Martin have not seen much action in this preseason, each resting a respective back injury. Center Travis Frederick looks great after a missed year with an auto-immune disease, but he's not listed on the injury report. Frederick was a former All-Pro but the grade doesn't yet quite reflect this in the model. If really has recaptured his All-Pro form, look out. Assuming full health, this Cowboys' offensive line has a wealth of talent and their starting five are an elite group.

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