The New Orleans Saints have done a good job of bringing in players to help improve their defense this season. With that said, there is one player that will continue to be a guiding force for the Saints’ defense, and it is Curtis Lofton.
Lofton was the lone bright spot on an atrocious Saints’ defense last season. After coming over from the rival Atlanta Falcons, he led the Saints with 123 tackles in his first season with the team. Furthermore, he also had two forced fumbles and recovered two fumbles last season.
Besides Lofton’s consistent play, another great asset he brings to the team is his durability. The middle linebacker played in all of the Saints’ 16 games last season and has yet to miss a game in his five-year career. He will be asked to play inside linebacker in the Saints’ new 3-4 defense next season and it will likely be a seamless transition for him.
Based on his play last season and throughout his career, Lofton will likely lead the team in tackles again and could be the Saints’ most dominating defensive player. He brings a veteran presence to the Saints even though he is only 27-years old, and he knows how to win and be an effective leader.
Don’t be surprised if Lofton finally makes the Pro Bowl next season because if the Saints’ defense does improve, you can be sure that Lofton will have been a big part of it. Lofton is Mr. Consistent and will continue to be the guiding force of the Saints’ defense.