Saints’ Stephone Anthony selected to PFWA All-Rookie Team

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Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Stephone Anthony (50) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Stephone Anthony (50) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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Pro Football Writers of America released their All-Rookie Team for the 2015 season, and it has New Orleans Saints linebacker Stephone Anthony making the cut.

Stephone Anthony was the Saints 31st overall choice in the 2015 NFL Draft, after the team acquired the pick via the Jimmy Graham trade with the Seattle Seahawks. After beating out veteran David Hawthorne for the starting middle linebacker spot in training camp, Anthony embraced the opportunity and had his leadership qualities shine through early on.

Anthony’s rookie season saw him become just the second Saints defender since the beginning of the millennium to reach the century mark in tackles. Curtis Lofton hit 100 tackles in 2014, which ended a 17-year drought for the black and gold. Anthony’s 112 total tackles was complimented by one interception, one sack, and two forced fumbles. Anthony also participated in 93 percent of the defensive snaps, which was third highest on the team.

Stephone Anthony also became the first player in NFL history to score a 2-point conversion under the league’s new extra point rules.

On a defense that saw changes at defensive coordinator and a plethora of personnel moves, Anthony was a huge constant on the defense. Heading into his second season with the Saints, he only figures to get better.

St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley won the Offensive Rookie of the Year, while Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Joining Anthony at the linebacker position was Tampa Bay’s Kwon Alexander and Minnesota’s Eric Kendricks.

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