With injuries piling up for the New Orleans Saints, the front office is signing a familiar face. Former Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony is heading back to the team that drafted him.
Anthony has bounced around the league this year, making stops with the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets.
He’ll try to make the most of his opportunity in New Orleans. At the very least, the former All-ACC performer should feel comfortable in their defensive scheme.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Saints are bringing back Anthony for a second stint.
New Orleans selected Anthony in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
The Saints are most likely going to use Anthony in a special teams role.
A reunion I did not see coming: The #Saints are bringing back former first-round LB Stephone Anthony, source said. He’ll help on special teams, too, as he’s back with ST coordinator Darren Rizzi. They were together in Miami.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 25, 2019
Anthony’s best season in the NFL actually came during his rookie campaign. The former Clemson star had 112 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception.
Last weekend, the Saints lost linebacker Kaden Elliss to a potential season-ending knee injury. He served as a key contributor on special teams.
Injuries have really hindered New Orleans’ depth at linebacker. Not only did Elliss suffer a major injury, but Alex Anzalone is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Perhaps, Anthony can revitalize his career with the Saints.