The New Orleans Saints had a hole in the middle of the field throughout the 2019 season, but that should be fixed with the return of linebacker Alex Anzalone.
At the beginning of 2019, the New Orleans Saints thought their linebacking corps was going to be a strength. That was quickly turned around as a projected starter, Alex Anzalone, was ruled out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Well, he’s looking ready for 2020. Tweeting out “Good to go,” Anzalone, who played a mere two games in 2019, should be ready for the upcoming season. He’ll undoubtedly be one of the most impactful defenders for New Orleans.
Anzalone will enter his fourth season in the league, having played over five games in just one of the three seasons. That said, here’s what Anzalone tweeted.
It was vague.
It could’ve meant several things. Maybe he was talking about the hometown basketball team, the New Orleans Pelicans. While unlikely, there were several possibilities that Anzalone could’ve been talking about.
NOLA.com’s Luke Johnson filled fans in, confirming that Anzalone was talking about his shoulder and the progress in his recovery.
Anzalone should be a projected starter for 2020, and if he can return to the production that we saw from his second season in the league, the Saints will be in a position moving forward. It will also save them a draft pick as linebacker was likely to be addressed in the draft at some point.
The 6-foot-3 former third-round pick hasn’t panned out exactly as New Orleans had planned, but he’s made strides in his game. The recovery should give him once again the versatility he needs to take his game to the next level.
The Saints could still find help at linebacker as they were desperate last season so don’t be shocked if they still address it in the April 23-25 NFL Draft.