The New Orleans Saints recently signed a pair of outside linebackers in Niko Lalos and Jon Bostic. Here are three things you should know about each player.
3. Niko Lalos last played for the New York Giants
Lalos joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2020 and has spent the last two seasons in New York. In his first year in the NFL, he played six games and recorded six combined tackles, one pass defended, one interception, and one fumble recovery. New York waived Lalos earlier this month.
2. Niko Lalos had an Ivy League education
Lalos went to college at Darmouth and studied economics, stating that his favorite courses and professors were from that field of study.
On the football field, Lalos made a sizeable impact in all four seasons at Darmouth, earning a varsity letter in three of them. He shined most in his senior year when he recorded 35 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and seven deflected passes and landed on the Ivy League’s all-conference team.
1. Niko Lalos went to the same high school as Lebron James
Lalos is from Akron, Ohio and he attended St . Vincent-St. Mary High School, the same high school as NBA superstar Lebron James. Lalos played both basketball and football during his time there.
Fun fact: James tweeted him good luck before his first NFL game.
3. Jon Bostic spent the last three seasons with the Washington Commanders
In 2021, Bostic started in four games for Washington before suffering a season-ending injury. He was much more productive in 2019 and 2020 when he produced 100-plus tackles, six quarterback hits, and an interception in each season.
2. Jon Bostic has played on five different NFL teams
Prior to his time in Washington, Bostic bounced around the league playing for the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and Pittsburgh Steelers. He was originally a second-round pick by the Bears in 2013 and played at least 11 games a season every year except for his injury-shortened 2021 campaign.
1. Jon Bostic used to be a Gator
Bostic played for the Florida Gators from 2009-2012. He started 32 games and was named to the second team All-SEC in 2012.
Expect a few more moves from the Saints before the start of the 2022 season.