RB Zach Line - New Orleans Saints
|6-1, 232||Born: 5-26-1990||College: Southern Methodist||Drafted: ---|
2018 Week 3 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 1 rec)
There were several spots where the Saints could have used a power run by their fullback, but instead it was Brees taking the ball up the gut for the game winning touchdown. Line did however get his chance on a 4th and 1 play from the 1-yard line. Line leaked out into the flat after the play action to Kamara and it was an easy pitch and catch for the touchdown from there. The Saints spread the ball all over the offensive depth chart and while Line may not have racked up the yards, he did cash in for a touchdown.
2018 Week 14 vs TB (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
Line is not normally mentioned in many circles, but he added an important touchdown this week. He caught the play action 1-yard touchdown pass from Brees to start the comeback for the Saints. It was the same play they have run all season long where after the play action he leaks out into the flat and continues to be uncovered. The Saints have established a run game to the point that they bite almost every time on this play. Line does not get many carries or looks in the passing game but has been good for a couple touchdowns each season.
2017 Week 17 vs TB (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 1 rec)
It is rare to see a fullback have such an impact for the Saints with all of the other offensive weapons they have. However, Line managed to go unnoticed on a 3-yard touchdown reception to give the Saints a lead. Line leaked out into the flat on a quick out and Brees found him for the easy touchdown. He was only given 1 other carry in the game and managed to take it 5 yards up the middle. With the lack of production from New Orleans tight ends, Line has seen more work than recent seasons.
2017 Week 18 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
It has been Ingram and Kamara all season long from the 1-yard line, but Lineís name was called this week in the Saints biggest game. The big fullback took the ball the last yard right behind his guard for the Saints touchdown. Last week he caught a touchdown and this week he runs for one. However, do not expect Line to see increased usage for the rest of the playoffs.
2016 Week 5 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Line was on the field plenty, but primarily as a blocker, which is his chief role.
2016 Week 8 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The fullback had a few carries but most of his 15 offensive snaps were used for blocking. Given how bad the line played, we may see a lot more of him.
2016 Week 12 vs DET (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Line had an extremely limited role in the game, not even on the field to block very often.
2016 Week 14 vs JAX (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Line was on the field for almost half of the offensive snaps, both lead blocking on run plays and protecting quarterback Sam Bradford on passing downs. That is all he does, though he was effective at the latter on Sunday.
2015 Week 2 vs DET (1 / 1 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Primarily a blocking back, Line isn't on the field a ton and won't see the ball any more than he did Sunday.
2015 Week 4 vs DEN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Line split time with Matt Asiata as a blocker, Line was targeted on a dump pass once.
2015 Week 6 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Line is barely on the field and for the 13 snaps he was on the field for the offense this week, he was blocking or being used as a decoy in all but one instance. In that case he was the recipient of a dump pass on a short route to the left side of the formation.
2015 Week 7 vs DET (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 49 / 0 rec)
Line's first touch was the biggest play for him on the day. On the play, a 49-yard grab-and-go in the second quarter, Line found himself wide open in the flat. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater saw him and got him the ball quickly, so he could turn the ball upfield for more yards. Line continued up the field, directing receiver Stefon Diggs where he should block as well and finally being tackled at the 19-yard line.
2015 Week 11 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
As usual, Line was only on the field for a handful of offensive snaps, mostly as a blocker. He did make one nice catch, along the sideline, but was tackled immediately.
2015 Week 12 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
The fullback was targeted twice on passes, one of which he caught for a first down and the other he dropped. Line is normally just a blocker, often for Adrian Peterson, and his role is very limited beyond that.
2015 Week 14 vs ARI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)
Line took a short 3-yard pass on a 1st and 20, turned upfield while shaking a block, then rumbled up the sideline for a first down and then some. He showed nice power and good balance on the play, his only target on the day.
2015 Week 15 vs CHI (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 1 rec)
Line continues to get some touches both as a runner and a receiver and on Sunday that paid off with a nice touchdown reception. On the play, Teddy Bridgewater ran a bootleg, which Line mirrored. The quarterback tossed the ball to his fullback and Line bulled his way to the end zone, stretching for the pylon and the score.
2015 Week 16 vs NYG (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Line blocked on a few runs and pass plays, and contributed a bit on special teams but had very little overall impact.
2013 Week 2 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
While Jerome Felton is suspended, Zach Line has been doing all right blocking both for run and pass plays. He was targeted once on a dump pass by quarterback Christian Ponder but was well covered by linebacker Lance Briggs.