Saffold had an absolutely abysmal start to the 2012 season. In the first 4 games he gave up 6.5 sacks. However he's only credited with 2 in the next 5 games before he got hurt. The shortened preseason and the quality of our first four opponents, coupled with a new system could explain that. Our first four opponents were Philly, NYG, Baltimore, and Washington.
Philly was playing the wide nine, which the entire OL had probably never seen. The Giants basically got to and won a Superbowl based on the strength of their pass rush. Baltimore is always scary. Finally the 'skins, well he got Orakpoed, there's a commercial about it.
When you combine the strength of the defenses with the new system, a short preseason, and the lack of any receiver that could get open before we got Lloyd you basically have a recipe for disaster. If he's fully recovered from his injury maybe he is still capable and we don't have to reach for an OL early, unless he's the best player available. This time last year we were talking about how Saffold was probably the best pick of the 2010 draft, maybe Fisher can get him to play up to that potential again.