Two keys to being a reliable NFL player are accountability and availability. Unfortunately, for Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone, the latter has been an issue.
The 2017 3rd round pick dealt with injuries in college at Florida that caused his draft stock to drop and has only been on the field for 22 games the past 3 seasons in Black & Gold.
“There is a potential that he hasn’t even come close to reaching, which is exciting,” said Saints linebacker coach Michael Hodges. “I’m confident that he’s going to be better than he’s ever been.”
Anzalone played in 2 contests last season before going on injured reserve with an all too familiar shoulder issue. What’s frustrating is that when the 6ft3, 241 pound middle linebacker is on the field, his instincts and ball skills are evident, along with being strong in coverage. Could 2020 be the soon to be 26-year olds break-out season?
“Just the videos I’ve seen and the conversations that I’ve had; he looks outstanding and he tells me how good he feels,” bragged Hodges. “I think he’s over a hump, where he is going to extend his career to that 18-year-career that he should have. Hopefully, staying on the field healthy.”
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Anzalone’s also playing for a new contract entering the fourth and final year of his rookie deal. In 22 games he has recorded 82 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 interception, 3 forced fumbles, 3 passes defensed with 8 hits on the QB and 5 tackles for loss.