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James Laurinaitis

30-Year-Old Linebacker – Free Agent

2016 Defensive Stats

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2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Once a consistent top-shelf IDP, Laurinaitis' career has trended downward as age 30 nears. But even though he headed to New Orleans as more of a reclamation project than a truly coveted asset, Laurina...

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2016 ADP:  216.72

IDP Rank: Hidden

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STATUS:  Questionable     INJURY:  Quadriceps
HT: 6' 2"   WT: 248   DOB: 12/3/1986
College: Ohio State  DRAFTED: 2nd Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Released by the Saints in November of 2016.

November 17, 2016  –  James Laurinaitis News

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Laurinaitis (quadriceps) was released by the Saints on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

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James Laurinaitis NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2009 22 16 - 120 - 2 - 2 0 - 1 - - - -
2010 23 STL 16 114 98 16 3 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2011 24 STL 16 142 105 37 3 7 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2012 25 STL 16 142 117 25 0.5 4 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2013 26 STL 16 116 85 31 3.5 9 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
2014 27 STL 16 110 81 29 3.5 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
2015 28 STL 16 109 61 48 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2016 29 NO 5 17 9 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

James Laurinaitis – Playing Time Overview

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Snap Count Stats

216

Defensive Snaps in 2016

James Laurinaitis was on the field for 216 of his team's snaps on defense in 2016.

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Special Teams Snaps in 2016

James Laurinaitis was on the field for 29 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2016.

Year Def ST
2014 974 0
2015 1156 0
2016 216 29
James Laurinaitis 2016 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 Oak 73 4 7 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 @NYG 79 5 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
3 Atl 64 7 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 @SD
5 BYE Bye Week
6 Car
7 @KC 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Sea 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 @SF
10 Den
11 FREE AGENT Free Agent
12 FREE AGENT Free Agent
13 FREE AGENT Free Agent
14 FREE AGENT Free Agent
15 FREE AGENT Free Agent
16 FREE AGENT Free Agent
17 FREE AGENT Free Agent

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

James Laurinaitis: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Laurinaitis (quadriceps) is scheduled to visit with a doctor this week and if ruled healthy, will be released by the Saints, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com reports.

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Laurinaitis (quadriceps) has been placed on the injured reserve, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

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Laurinaitis (quadriceps) will not play Sunday against the 49ers.

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Laurinaitis (quad) is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

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Laurinaitis (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

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Laurinaitis (quadriceps) is questionable to play in Week 4 against the Chargers.

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Laurinaitis had seven tackles (five solo) in Monday night's loss to the Falcons.

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Laurinaitis made seven tackles (three solo) and played all 73 defensive snaps in the Saints' season opener against the Raiders, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

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2015

Laurinaitis lost some of the spotlight to teammate Alec Ogletree, but the elder statesman is still a quality mid-tier IDP consideration. Laurinaitis stills plays three downs for St. Louis, logging more than 1,000 snaps in 2014, and he's yet to miss a game in his six-year career. Even if he no longer has 140-tackle upside, Laurinaitis still posts solid numbers — 113 tackles, 3.5 sacks and an interception per year since Ogletree's arrival. Considering Laurinaitis has triple-digit tackles in all six of his pro seasons, a similar effort this season is likely.

2014

It appears Laurinaitis' IDP stock is in the midst of a slight decline. He was in clear LB1 territory in 2011 and 2012, posting 142 tackles in each season (222 solo over that span) while throwing in 3.5 sacks and two interceptions, but the arrival of 2013 first-round pick Alec Ogletree deprived Laurinaitis of some of the tackle opportunities he might have had in the past. His tackle total dropped from 142 to 116 last year, as he logged a career-low 85 solo stops. He did remain a playmaker, posting a career-high 3.5 sacks and intercepting two passes for the third year in a row, giving him nine interceptions in his five seasons. Laurinaitis' days of 140 tackles may be in the past, but he should improve slightly on last year's total, and he's one of the most reliable linebackers in the league when it comes to supplementing his tackle totals with sack and interception production. He should remain active in coverage with Robert Quinn, Chris Long and Aaron Donald forcing bad throws from opposing quarterbacks.

2013

Laurinaitis has been an IDP beast each of his four NFL seasons, and his owners will have every reason to expect a repeat for the fifth year in a row in 2013. The former Ohio State star posted 142 tackles for the second straight season in 2012, though he raised his solo tackle total from 105 to 117 in the process, which actually signals an improvement. Laurinaitis isn't just an elite source of tackle production, though, as he has recovered a fumble in each of his NFL seasons while totaling 8.5 sacks and seven interceptions in that span. There's a fair amount to be said regarding Laurinaitis' consistency, too, because he had six or more tackles in 13 games last year. Laurinaitis should continue to pile up tackles and make plays in a rising St. Louis defense. A highly talented defensive line of Robert Quinn, Chris Long, Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford should both open up lanes for Laurinaitis and keep offensive linemen preoccupied, leaving Laurinaitis free to pursue the ball.

2012

Forced fumbles aside, Laurinaitis might be behind only Patrick Willis and Desmond Bishop when it comes to well-rounded IDP production, as he reliably posts above-average numbers in the most conventionally important stat categories – solo stops, sacks and interceptions. In his three NFL seasons, Laurinaitis has averaged 103 solo tackles per year, as well as 2.5 sacks and two interceptions. He could post career highs in all of those categories this year, moreover, as the Rams defense figures to become more aggressive and more effective in 2012 under the watch of new coach Jeff Fisher. Laurinaitis will also benefit greatly from the arrival of defensive tackles Kendall Langford and Michael Brockers – the former a free-agent signing from Miami and the latter the 14th overall pick in the 2012 draft. Langford (6-6, 295) and Brockers (6-5, 322) are both mountainous figures with big wingspans who figure to occupy three offensive linemen each play, leaving offenses with just two tackles and perhaps a tight end or running back to deal with Laurinaitis and the intimidating end duo of Chris Long and Robert Quinn. Dangerous as he is, offenses will have no choice but to leave Laurinaitis unaccounted for much of the time.

2011

Laurinaitis is a skilled all-around linebacker who has been quite impressive in his first two seasons of NFL play. The former Ohio State star concluded the last two years with 234 tackles (205 solo), five sacks, three interceptions and a forced fumble. He needs to create more turnovers to increase his fantasy value, but in the meantime he’s an extremely reliable run stopper with a floor so high that it’s almost indistinguishable from his ceiling.

2010

After Laurinaitis spent his rookie year minicamp with the second team, expectations dropped. A 120-tackle, two-sack, two-INT campaign proved the skeptics wrong, cementing Laurinaitis in place as the Rams’ starting MLB and as a top-10 option in IDP leagues. A year’s worth of experience and a team that has nowhere to go but up should help Laurinaitis build upon last year’s impressive numbers in his second season.

2009

The coveted rookie out of Ohio State should enter 2009 as the Rams' starting middle linebacker despite seeing time only with the second team during early mini-camps. Laurinaitis is a every down linebacker and should help solidify the Rams' linebacking corp against the run and in coverage while allowing fellow starter Will Witherspoon to return to the weakside role he excels in.