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Aug 28, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (34) is tackled by New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Ramon Humber (53), defensive end Akiem Hicks (76) and inside linebacker David Hawthorne (57) during the first quarter of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

At this point in time, Ramon Humber figures to be a large beneficiary of Curtis Lofton‘s departure to Oakland. He appeared in 453 snaps for the Saints defense last season, and was primarily known for his impact on special teams. Humber, who turns 28 in August, didn’t receive the highest of marks on defense from Pro Football Focus, finishing with a -13.8 overall rating. That primarily stems from eight missed tackles and a -9.0 in pass coverage.

On a friendly deal (details haven’t been released yet), it was a clear choice for the team to bring back someone familiar with Rob Ryan’s scheme. I don’t think that Humber will be the starting inside linebacker for the Saints in 2015, but there’s a lot of respect there for his return, especially on special teams. He’ll be a good depth option, but not the long-term answer.

Final Grade: C+

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