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New Orleans Saints rookie report: Chase Thomas

Posted Aug 6, 2013

Chase Thomas met with NewOrleansSaints.com after Monday's practice.

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Rookie linebacker Chase Thomas agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints on April 28. Playing outside linebacker and defensive end at Stanford, the Georgia native appeared in 52 games with 47 starts. He recorded 229 tackles, 27.5 sacks, 50.5 stops for a loss, two interceptions, nine forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

During his senior campaign, Thomas finished second on the team with 71 tackles, tied for second with 14.5 stops for a loss, 7.5 sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He was an All-Pac 12 first-team choice for the second consecutive season.

How does the defense at Stanford compare to the new defense here?

“They both have complicated schemes where you have to move guys around a lot and attack from a lot of different spots on the field. In that case, there are a lot of similarities but the terminology is different. So you just have to translate it.”

Your home state is Georgia, were you a Falcons fan growing up?

“For a little bit. I was never big in the NFL when I was growing up. I was more of a college football fan. When I got older, I started liking the NFL and repped my home team for a little bit but nothing too serious. Some of my family members were bigger fans than I was but not anymore.”

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What do you hope to get out of the first preseason game on Friday?

“Just to show the coaches that they can trust me and show them that I know what I’m doing out there. Show that I’m productive and can make plays and they need to put me in the game.”

How is it playing for coach Vitt?

“It’s great. You’ve heard so many great things about him from following the NFL. He’s been in the league for so many years and he has such great knowledge of the game. Probably the best linebackers coach out there so it’s great to come in and learn from the best.”

What veteran have you learned from the most?

“I try to take it all in. I’ve talked to Will Herring a bunch. I’ve talked with Junior Galette and Chris Chamberlain. I’ve talked with Curtis Lofton. I mean all of the older guys are real nice guys and want to help us out. They want to show us the example of how to be a professional because this is a business and you have to be professional about it. They do a good job of showing us how it is done. You just have to take in what they do and apply it.”