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Sources: New Orleans Saints sign veteran center Austin Reiter

Nov 8, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs center Austin Reiter (62) enters the field during warm ups before the game against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints are signing veteran center Austin Reiter, a source tells PFF’s Ari Meirov. Reiter was brought in this morning to work out for the team along with four other centers.

The Saints lost starting center Erik McCoy to a calf injury in Week 1. He’s expected to miss four to six weeks, per league sources.

Second-year offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz moved from right guard to center after McCoy went down. The second-year lineman earned a 58.2 PFF grade for his efforts, 17th among the 30 players who played at least 10 snaps at center in Week 1.

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Reiter spent most of the last two seasons as the Kansas City Chiefs‘ starting center, and it’s a surprise that a center of his caliber was available this late in the process.

His 1.1% pressure rate allowed since the start of the 2019 season ranks first among all centers who have recorded at least 500 pass-blocking snaps, and he’s graded out in the 91st percentile of qualifying centers in PFF pass-blocking grade over that same stretch. 

Even if he doesn’t project as a dominant force in the run game, the Saints can feel confident in his ability to provide clean pockets for Jameis Winston

Austin Reiter: PFF pass-blocking grade and rank among centers since 2018 (rank among centers with 200 or more snaps, regular season only)
Season PFF pass-blocking grade Rank
2020 78.3 6th of 43
2019 82.0 6th of 37
2018 81.0 7th of 39

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