Anthony adjusting to new spot on defense

Anthony adjusting to new spot on defense

(WVUE) - With James Laurinaitis installed in the middle, second-year defender Stephone Anthony made a move to outside linebacker. He's only known the middle, so acclimating to a new spot will take some time.

"I think it's going pretty well. Anything new takes time to learn. I'm enjoying it, it's fun to learn a new position, and I'm just trying to get better every day," said Anthony. "I guess you could say it's a fairly big adjustment. You go from standing five yards back to one yard away. Being able to attack guys with your hands, footwork, there's a lot more that goes into it."

Anthony will have four weeks of camp to nail down all his roles. Cramming sessions are daily in West Virginia.

"I got to put in at least anywhere from 45 to an hour afterwards. Try to learn on the Sam (strong) position and the Mike (middle)," said Anthony.

If the transition goes a little rocky, at least he has a study buddy in Laurinaitis.

"Aw man he's helped me a ton. Just his presence, and how he responds to guy. I guess how he teaches them, and how he guides them through it. He's incredible, knows his defense inside and out, and he's helped me a ton," said Anthony.

Tomorrow the Saints will go full pads, which will give Anthony the chance to finally hit someone at a new position. There's no pads in OTA's and mini-camp.

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