By Nick Underhill | The Advocate
Throughout the New Orleans Saints' training camp, it was anyone’s guess as to which linebackers would be playing where.
The Saints have a lot of players who can play different spots, so it made sense for the coaches to mix and match. After a while, it looked like the team was settling in on A.J. Klein, Manti Te’o and Demario Davis in the base defense, with Te’o, a run-stuffer, dropping out in nickel packages and Klein moving to the middle.
But then Anzalone took some snaps at middle linebacker during one practice at Tulane on Aug. 5, then got some snaps at the spot in the next preseason game. The targets have been moving ever since.
Sunday’s regular-season opener against Tampa Bay was supposed to provide concrete answers.
The base package was the expected one. The surprise came in the Saints' nickel package when Anzalone played in the middle alongside Davis. And that’s how it held until the second half of their 48-40 loss to the Buccaneers, when New Orleans started rotating through middle linebackers. It went from Anzalone to Klein to Te’o. ...
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