Five New Orleans Saints who impressed the heck out of us in 2015

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Dec 21, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Stephone Anthony (50) gestures in the fourth quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 21, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Stephone Anthony (50) gestures in the fourth quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /

Stephone Anthony

Asking a rookie to come in to play in many ways if common in today’s NFL, but how about all 16 games and playing in over 90 percent of all snaps on defense? That’s what Stephone Anthony did. Anthony, who was the 31st overall draft choice of the Saints acquired in the Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks trade, led the Saints defense with 112 total tackles. Anthony became just the second Saints defender in the millenium to hit the century mark in tackles, as Curtis Lofton hit 100 in 2014.

Coming into the 2015 season, it was said there would be a battle between veteran David Hawthorne and the rookie for the starting middle linebacker position. Anthony impressed, and won out the battle as the team’s quarterback on defense. In addition to his tackle skills, Anthony finished with one interception, one sack, and two forced fumbles.

Anthony also became the first player in NFL history to return a blocked extra point for a 2-point conversion against the Carolina Panthers. It was a nice heads up play by Anthony.

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