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25 reasons to get excited about 2018 Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon: No. 9 - Alex Anzalone

After nearly seven months, Anzalone returns to the field with his teammates

Before suffering a shoulder injury that sidelined him for most of the season, New Orleans Saints rookie linebacker Alex Anzalone earned a starting position to open the 2017 season. In his four games, Anzalone had 16 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed.

After undergoing surgery and being in rehab for several months, Anzalone will look to make his return for the start of the 2018 season. The process back to playing begun during the Saints organized team activities held in May,

"I feel really good. I'm happy, some people don't like practice but just being out there and having it taken away from me and being out there again feels really good," Anzalone said.

Saints Coach Sean Payton commended the linebacker during OTAs when asked about the Anzalone's comeback,

"We were really pleased last year early in the year when he was playing," Payton said. "He's smart, he's someone that has real good range, he can play three downs."

Anzalone will add his talent to a growing linebacker group, and look to make his presence known on the field once again.

Fans can keep an eye on Anzalone's return to action during New Orleans Saints Training Camp beginning July 26. The first practice open to fans is Saturday, July 28.

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