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July 08, 2015

David Hawthorne’s new role in the New Orleans defense is anything but.

Hawthorne, who has shifted to middle linebacker this spring and summer to compete at the spot formerly occupied by Curtis Lofton, is back to where his career began.

Now, all Hawthorne has to do to stay in that role is hold off a challenge from promising first-round pick Stephone Anthony, a player who caught on quickly during the Saints’ summer practices and turned heads with several eye-popping plays in coverage.

“Every year, a rookie comes in at my position,” Hawthorne said. “There’s nothing different. He’s good; he’ll be some good competition.”

...Unlike some rookies, Anthony has already adapted to the speed of the NFL game, and although there is still much to prove for front-seven players once the teams can go to full contact, Ryan has already said he expects Anthony to win a job.

Hawthorne himself has been impressed.

“He’s a good kid with a good head on his shoulders,” Hawthorne said. “He’s picking up things well. He’s athletic, he’s big, he’s smart; and he’ll be a good player in this league.”

If Anthony wins the starting job in the middle, Hawthorne could still slide back to the weak side and rotate with Ellerbe to help keep both veterans fresh.

But Hawthorne wasn’t focused on all of those possibilities during the Saints’ summer workouts. In a refrain that became common for Saints players in position races this summer, Hawthorne said he’s focused only on the task at hand.

The rest will work itself out.

“I never really thought about it,” Hawthorne said. “I just come out here and do what I have to do to prepare for the season.”

At whatever role he’s asked to play.


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Old 07-09-2015, 08:55 AM   #2
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He might have to "hold him off" in a 4/3 but in a 3/4 they'll be side by side.
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Ellerbe will be the other ILB with Anthony/Hawthorne; unless, God forbid, Ellerbe goes down...
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Ellerbe will be the other ILB with Anthony/Hawthorne; unless, God forbid, Ellerbe goes down...
I would love to see the 3-4 much more than the 4-3.
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I would love to see the 3-4 much more than the 4-3.
I agree. We're finally adding REAL 3-4 personnel.
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Hawthorne's had enough time to impress and he's been mediocre. This is Anthony's defense now.
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I agree. We're finally adding REAL 3-4 personnel.
We still need a dominate NT to make a 3-4 set work. With Bunkely and Jenkins looking like they are servacable at best I'm hopeing our 5th rounder steps up and steals the show.
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We still need a dominate NT to make a 3-4 set work. With Bunkely and Jenkins looking like they are servacable at best I'm hopeing our 5th rounder steps up and steals the show.
My hope is that big John is 100% healthy and has a productive training camp. It's time for him to bring it.
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My hope is that big John is 100% healthy and has a productive training camp. It's time for him to bring it.
Exactly...

Look, Jenkins had a very impressive Rookie season, especially without Bunkley rotating when Brodrick got hurt in 2013...

Last season, Jenkins started the off-season with a torn pectoral muscle; so, that and with film on him teams had an edge...

He'll come back this season strong and re-dedicated...

We do need to keep looking to draft, sign top flight Nose Tackles for the defense to remain respectable at a minimum...
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If all goes well Hawthorne will be the ultimate utility LB by seasons end. playing where ever needed. huge plus. but i am betting we get half way there and he ends up back at his old spot.
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