We’re now just ten days, or 864,000 seconds, away from the return of New Orleans Saints football, Who Dats! I remember when we were all left with that ‘empty’ feeling at the end of January. Look how far we’ve come! We continue our two-week series that focuses on my Top 15 players heading into the 2014 Saints’ season, which will help build your excitement for the Week One showdown against those classy Falcons. Today’s selection: Curtis Lofton Birthday: 6/2/1986 (28 years old) Height: 6’0″ Weight: 241 pounds Twitter: @CurtisLofton50College: Oklahoma NFL Experience: 7th Season Position: Inside Linebacker Number: 50
2013 Highlights & Notes
- Started and played in all 16 games
- Led the Saints in total tackles for 2nd straight season
- Defensive team captain
- 125 total tackles (82 solo, 43 assisted), 2.0 sacks, 4 pass defenses, forced fumble
- Played in 95.8% of team’s defensive snaps (934 of 975 snaps), most of any player
Since entering the league in 2008, Curtis Lofton has played in every single game. After coming over from Atlanta in 2012, where the Falcons didn’t view him as an every down back for Mike Nolan’s scheme, Lofton has led the Saints in tackles for two straight seasons. Lofton has become the team’s ‘rock’ on defense, and is the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints’ defense. Lofton is a master of versatility, being able to do what is asked of him and then some, but is constantly overlooked and underrated. Curtis Lofton is simply the best gift Atlanta could have ever given the New Orleans Saints.
Curtis Lofton has everything going for him currently. Perhaps what’s frightening for opposing offenses is the fact that he continues to grow with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. He’s been an absolute monster in the preseason on run stopping, which is encouraging for a Saints defense that wants to improve on their fourth overall ranking from a season ago. With another strong showing this season, Lofton should be receiving some Pro Bowl mentions.