Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/22/13
When New Orleans Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton says the defense has something to prove, he’s not kidding. After a historically bad 2012 season, new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was hired to fix the problems that made the unit the worst in the NFL. Lofton is penciled in to be an inside linebacker in Ryan's 3-4 scheme, but says he's has been working at outside linebacker also. Lofton was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He became a starter in his rookie 2008 season and signed a 5 year deal, worth up to $27.5 million with the Saints in 2012 . He led the Saints in tackles in the 2012 season (123) and also recorded one sack, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Lofton is expected to start at one of the ILB spots in the Saints defense in the 2013 season. "You never know where we are going to be at. It gives us a lot of fluid to switch in and out," Lofton said, via NOLA.com. "I just want to be a part of something great," said Lofton. "And I feel like just being here and being around everyone, it makes you as a player value your fans that much more, getting to know them and being around them." On bouncing back from a bad 2012 season: "It's a sour taste, a bad taste. And that doesn't leave 'til you start playing football. And training camp is the beginning of that," Lofton said. "Like I said, man, we've got a lot of stuff to prove. There's been a lot of things said. I don't have to repeat 'em because everyone knows it out there. But I haven't been around a team like this that guys work this hard. "These guys on this team, they come bust their tails every single day. I mean Saturday, me 'Tez and Junior, I've never worked out on a Saturday, but they said, 'Let's go get it.' So we came up here and got some good work."
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