Ramczyk eyes starting spot

An injury to Terron Armstead has given Ramczyk the chance to practice with the first team.

New Orleans, LA - Business is picking up in the life of offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk. Starting left tackle Terron Armstead suffered an arm injury in June and might be out another four months. So Ramczyk, Saints first-round draft pick, has been practicing with the first team for most of training camp.

Despite the fact that he's protecting quarterback Drew Brees' blind side this preseason, the former Wisconsin all-American isn't taking anything for granted.

"I have a long way to go yet," Ramczyk said with a grin. "There's still a lot of stuff I need to do to secure that position. But that would definitely mean a lot. I'm just going to go out and compete every day. It's a huge opportunity."

Saints head coach Sean Payton likes what he sees from Ryan, but he also knows there's a long way to go before he names a starting left tackle.

"He's handled himself pretty well over there. Of course that's where he played in college. We'll look at the film, but I think- I'm sure there's some good things, and I'm sure we're going to watch some things we need to get cleaned up."