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White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. -- Not long ago, New Orleans Saints rookie linebacker Khairi Fortt traded the "ILB" next to his name for "OLB," a one-letter edit on the official roster that understated how dramatically his job has changed.

As outside linebacker, or strong-side linebacker, or "Sam," Fortt is more likely to rush the passer, more likely to line up with his fingers in the dirt and -- he hopes -- more likely to play in coordinator Rob Ryan's defense.

"At Penn State, I was basically the Will (weak-side) linebacker. At Cal, I was the Will linebacker. I was the Will here for a little bit. Then about two weeks ago they traded me to Sam," Fortt said on Monday, describing his two stops as a college player.

The Saints drafted Fortt in the fourth round of the NFL draft in May and initially seemed content to let him continue as an inside linebacker with his 6-foot-2, 240-pound frame.

But his recent move to a pass-rushing role seems more than just experimental


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Old 08-12-2014, 09:05 AM   #2
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Re: Saints linebacker Khairi Fortt learning new role after position shift

Well the team knows whats best for the man. If not ...........
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That's why we drafted Ronald Powell (to play on the outside). The Saints need more speed and athleticism on the inside. Fortt seems to fit that bill.
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Fortt and Powell bring alot of athleticism to the LB corps. Something that is sorely lacking.
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well LB are RBoys thing and he always seem to find a few gems every where he goes so i am giving him a pass on the pick to see what happens.
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Team first, do anything to help the team.
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Fortt is my favorite new player. I want to see him playing a lot this season under Rob Ryan and putting pressure on QB's.
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