Peat injured his left fibula during the second quarter of the Saints’ wild-card victory against the Carolina Panthers in January. The 6-foot-7, 312-pounder was unable to walk for eight weeks after undergoing surgery.
“It’s getting better,” the 24-year-old Peat said, per the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I’m taking (my recovery) day by day, and my goal is to be back for training camp, so that’s kind of what (the Saints) set for me and I feel like I’m on schedule.”
New Orleans showed its faith in Peat by exercising the fifth-year option on his contract in April.
“He’s starting to mature and grow a lot,” offensive line coach Dan Roushar said, per The Advocate. “He’s starting to gain some confidence, and I think he’s getting passionate about the game.”
A first-round draft pick (No. 13 overall) of the Saints in 2015, Peat has started 37 of 42 games in his three seasons in New Orleans — including 14 in 2017.
The Saints featured the league’s fifth-ranked running attack last season behind the tandem of Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara, averaging 129.4 yards rushing per game.