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March 25, 2021 06:04 PM
Lions' Alex Anzalone: Signs with Lions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone agreed Wednesday with the Lions on a one-year, $1.75 million contract, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Anzalone, formerly a rotational linebacker with the Saints, will reunite with former New Orleans assist and new Detroit head coach Dan Campbell. Despite handling the heaviest snap count of his career last season (525) and playing in all 16 games, Anzalone only managed 22 total tackles and was held without a sack.

February 1, 2021 02:32 AM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Disappointing season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone recorded 41 tackles (22 solo) across 16 regular-season games for the Saints in 2020.

It was encouraging to see him play all 16 games after playing in just two last year, and despite playing heavy snaps, he disappointed. Anzalone failed to force a turnover or record a sack and compiled fewer than three tackles per game -- a career-low mark. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2021, and his future with the Saints is yet unknown.

August 21, 2020 04:12 PM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Locked in with first unit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone has been "entrenched" with the Saints' first-team defense, Mike Triplett of notes.

Triplett further added that rookie Zack Baun and new addition Nigel Bradham will compete for the No. 2 linebacker role, but "Anzalone's the one to beat so far." It's encouraging news for the fourth-year linebacker, who was placed on the injured reserve last September due to a shoulder injury and has only played a full season once in his career.

March 9, 2020 01:56 PM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Proclaims health
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone (shoulder) is fully recovered from September surgery, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Anzalone was placed on injured reserve in September, finishing 2019 with seven tackles and one sack in two games. He started seven of 16 games the previous season, notching 59 tackles, three forced fumbles, two sacks and an interception. The 2017 third-round pick is now entering the final season of his rookie contract and should have a shot at a starting job in 2020. Demario Davis is the only sure-thing starter among the LBs currently on the Saints' roster.

February 4, 2020 03:56 PM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Another injury-plagued year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone (shoulder) recorded seven tackles and a sack over two games in 2019.

For the second time since entering the league three years ago, Anzalone was placed on IR before playing his fifth game. He played a full season in 2018 and posted 59 tackles, two sacks and an interception. The 2017 third-round pick showcased potential in that campaign, but he can't be penciled in for a starting role in 2020 due to injury concerns. However, since he's on his rookie contract, he'll likely survive cut day at least.

September 20, 2019 06:00 PM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Likely done for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Sean Payton said Friday that it's unlikely Anzalone (shoulder) will return in 2019, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Anzalone was placed on injured reserve Monday after undergoing a procedure on his shoulder. In two games this season, the 24-year-old logged seven total tackles (all solo) and a sack. In his absence, Kiko Alonso could see a bigger role at middle linebacker.

September 17, 2019 01:32 PM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Hits injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Saints placed Anzalone (undisclosedj on injured reserve Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

It remains to be seen what sort of injury Anzalone is dealing with, but he could reportedly return later in the season. Kiko Alonso, who was acquired by New Orleans in a trade with Miami on Sept. 1, could be bound for a key role on defense as long as Anzalone remains sidelined.

September 10, 2019 08:44 AM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Five tackles and sack Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone recorded five tackles (five solo), one sack and a tackle for a loss in the Saints' 30-28 win over the Texans on Monday.

Anazalone finished second on the team in tackles and contributed one of the six sacks the Saints' defense produced against Houston. Anzalone had a career year in 2018-19 thanks to 59 tackles (45 solo) and 2.0 sacks, and it's reasonable to expect a similar level of play this season.

September 6, 2019 08:24 PM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Full participant Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone (shoulder) practiced fully Friday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The news of a full participation is certainly good for Anzalone, who practiced in a limited fashion Thursday. The 23-year-old had been nursing a shoulder injury since the Saints' preseason opener against Minnesota. Now seemingly healthy, Anzalone figures to see a prominent role Monday against Houston, although Kiko Alonso could also rotate in at middle linebacker.

September 7, 2019 12:56 AM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Managing shoulder issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone was a limited participant in Thursday's practice due to a shoulder injury, Luke Johnson of USA Today reports.

It's now been revealed Azalone is dealing with a shoulder injury, though his chances of suiting up versus the Texans on Monday remain unclear. The 23-year-old has been nursing the shoulder injury since New Orleans' preseason opener versus Minnesota. Kiko Alonso would likely slot into the starting lineup if Anzalone were to miss any time.

September 3, 2019 01:20 PM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Hoping to play Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Sean Payton said that he's hopeful Anzalone (undisclosed) will be ready for Monday's season opener against the Texans, Luke Johnson of the Lafayette Daily Advertiser reports.

It's unclear what the exact nature of Anzalone's issue is. The 23-year-old hasn't practiced since sustaining the injury in the Saints' preseason opener against the Vikings. In 16 games last season, Anzalone recorded 59 total tackles, two sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles.

December 24, 2018 06:08 PM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: New career high in sacks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone racked up four tackles and one sack during Sunday's victory over Pittsburgh.

Anzalone came through big in one of the most important games of the season, one that helped New Orleans clinch home-field advantage throughout the postseason. However, he's averaging just 3.5 tackles per contest this season while playing in a situational role, rendering Anzalone as nothing more than a sack-dependent IDP option for the Saints' regular-season finale in Week 17 against Carolina.

November 12, 2018 03:44 PM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: First sack of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone had five tackles (four solo) and a sack in Sunday's win against the Bengals.

Anzalone has quietly strung together three straight five-tackle performances and his sack on Sunday was his first of the year. While Anzalone is not a three-down player, his playing time has stabilized the last few weeks since an up-and-down start to the year. As evidenced by the three turnovers he's forced this year, Anzalone could make some noise in the second half as a high-upside option in deeper IDP leagues if he continues to see consistent playing time.

September 23, 2018 12:36 PM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Slated to start at middle linebacker
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone is expected to draw the start at middle linebacker in Sunday's tilt against the Falcons, Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate reports.

Anzalone warmed up with the first-team defense as the starter at middle linebacker prior to the game, while Manti Te'o remains sidelined with a knee injury. Anzalone has accounted for four tackles through the first two weeks of the regular season.

September 11, 2018 11:24 AM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Splits snaps in opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone had four tackles (three solo) and a forced fumble in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. He played 34 of the Saints' 66 defensive snaps.

While Demario Davis played every defensive snap, Anzalone, A.J. Klein (25 snaps) and Manti Te'o (27 snaps) each saw a roughly equal amount of playing time in the opener, with only Anzalone -- who at least forced a turnover -- doing much of note in an ugly defensive performance. It's only one week so it may be too early to rush to judgment, but if Klein, Te'o and Anzalone continue to split snaps, it may be difficult for IDP owners to trust any Saints linebacker except Davis.

May 24, 2018 06:28 PM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Full participant Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone (shoulder) was a full participant in Thursday's OTA practice session, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Anzalone ended the 2017 on Injured reserve after undergoing shoulder surgery. He's now back without limitation and he isn't expected to be hindered by the injury going forward.

January 16, 2018 01:24 PM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Expects to be ready for 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone said Tuesday that he's progressing well from October surgery to repair his right shoulder and indicated that he's "excited" to get back on the field in 2018, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The linebacker was less confident that he would be at full strength for the start of the Saints' offseason program in the spring, but it doesn't appear Anzalone is concerned about his recovery stretching into the start of training camp. A 2017 third-round pick, Anzalone had served in a starting role in the Saints' first four games before suffering the season-ending injury and finishing his inaugural NFL campaign with 16 stops and one sack.

October 11, 2017 10:40 AM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Undergoes shoulder surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone, who was placed on injured reserve Oct. 4, recently underwent surgery on his right shoulder, Joel A. Erickson of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

By virtue of landing on IR, Anzalone would be forced to sit out at least eight weeks regardless of his recovery timeline, but the fact that he needed surgery suggests he won't be on track to play again this season. The Saints are expected to sign outside linebacker Gerald Hodges on Wednesday to add extra depth at the position, but it's unclear who will be first in line to fill Anzalone's spot in the starting lineup. The 23-year-old rookie had tallied 16 tackles and one sack across the Saints' first four games prior to suffering the injury.

October 6, 2017 01:26 AM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Lands on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Larry Holder of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

What a brutal blow for Anzalone. The rookie saw his window open up courtesy of injuries in front of him and he took full advantage of the opportunity. It's hard to see how this will impact his job status for the 2018 season, but Anzalone looked good enough from an outside perspective to at least earn his keep next year.

October 1, 2017 11:36 AM
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Ruled out for game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anzalone won't return to Sunday's game against the Dolphins after suffering a right shoulder injury, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Anzalone exited in the first half of Sunday's tilt before being officially ruled out in the second half. Craig Robertson and Hau'oli Kikaha appear in line for some extra snaps in Anzalone's absence.

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