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  • Paris Lenon

    I found it interesting that the Rams' Official Site has Paris Lenon listed as the SLB starter over Larry Grant.

    Some info on him:

    Position SLB
    DOB 11/26/77
    Height 6-2
    Weight 235
    College Richmond
    NFL Exp. 8

    TRANSACTIONS: Signed as a free agent by St. Louis (9/16/09)…signed as an unrestricted free agent by New England (5/27/09)…signed as an unrestricted free agent by Detroit (3/22/06)… allocated to NFL Europe by Green Bay (2/8/02)…signed as a reserve/future free agent by Green Bay (1/25/02)…signed to the practice squad by Green Bay (12/27/01)…signed as a free agent by Seattle (8/16/01)…signed as a free agent by Green Bay (4/26/01)…signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Carolina (4/26/00).

    PRO: Joined the Rams as a free agent (9/16/09)…veteran in his eighth NFL season has played in 112 games with 64 starts and has career totals of 523 tackles (331 solo), 5.0 sacks, two interceptions and 58 special teams tackles…has played in four postseason contests…prior to 2009, played in 112 consecutive games with 59 consecutive starts, including all 16 contests in each of the last three seasons (2006-08)…in 2007 as a member of the Detroit Lions, tallied a career-high 161 tackles, seventh-highest team history…tallied a single-game career-high 17 tackles at Indianapolis (12/14/08) as a member of the Lions…entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with Carolina in 2000, but did not make the team…also spent time in the XFL, NFL Europe and as a member of the Packers practice squad.

    2008 SEASON: Started all 16 games at middle linebacker for Detroit…led the Lions with 146 tackles (98 solo)…added three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…recorded double-digit tackles in five games…Week 3 at San Francisco (9/21): Recorded 10 tackles (nine solo)...Week 5 vs. Chicago (10/5): Posted a then season high 11 tackles (five solo)…Week 13 vs. Tennessee (11/27): Led the team with 12 tackles (seven solo)…Week 14 vs. Minnesota (12/7): Recorded a team-high 13 tackles (nine solo), including a half sack, and added two forced fumbles…Week 15 at Indianapolis (12/14): Established a career high with 17 tackles (10 solo).

    2007 SEASON: Started all 16 games for Detroit and finished second on the team with a career-high 161 tackles (101 solo)…tackle total stands as the seventh-highest in Lions history…had eight double-digit tackle games…added 2.0 sacks, one interception for 61 yards and a touchdown, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two special teams tackles…vs. Tampa Bay (10/21): Tied a then career high with 14 tackles (eight solo)…at Chicago (10/28): Made a team-high 14 tackles (10 solo)…vs. Kansas City (12/23): Returned his second career interception 61 yards for his first career touchdown.

    2006 SEASON: Started all 16 games for the first time in his career, splitting time at strongside and middle linebacker…finished second on the team with 97 tackles (60 solo)…added one interception, three passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and four special teams tackles…at Green Bay (12/17): Made his first career interception, picking off a Brett Favre pass, and added eight tackles (six solo)…at Dallas (12/31): Tied a season high with nine tackles…added a fumble recovery.

    2005 SEASON: Played in all 16 games with 12 starts at outside linebacker for the Packers…member of a defensive unit that ranked seventh in the NFL in total defense…tallied 79 tackles (47 solo), including 1.5 sacks…added five passes defensed and one forced fumble…at Minnesota (10/23): Combined with Grady Jackson to drop Daunte Culpepper for his first career sack…at Philadelphia (11/27): Collected a career-high three passes defensed…vs. Chicago (12/25): Posted a season-high eight tackles (seven solo) with one pass defensed.

    2004 SEASON: Appeared in all 16 games with four starts for Green Bay…tallied 28 tackles (17 solo) and one pass defensed…played in one postseason contest…at Carolina (9/13): Made his first career start in the season opener…at Detroit (12/12): Started and made a then career-high 12 tackles.

    2003 SEASON: Played in all 16 games, primarily on special teams…tied for second on the team with 16 special teams tackles…tallied eight tackles (five solo)…appeared in both of Green Bay’s playoff contests…at San Diego (12/14): Recorded a season-high three special teams tackles.

    2002 SEASON: Played on special teams in all 16 regular season games and one playoff game…led the team in special teams tackles with 22, the fourth-highest total in Packers history…at Detroit (9/22): Registered a career-high four special teams tackles.

    2002 NFL EUROPE: Allocated to NFL Europe by Green Bay (2/8/02)…started all 10 games for the Amsterdam Admirals…led the team with 50 tackles…added two interceptions and seven passes defensed.

    2001 SEASON: Signed by Green Bay as a free agent (4/26), then waived (7/24)…signed with Seattle (8/16), then waived (8/27)…signed to the Packers’ practice squad (12/27) and spent the balance of the regular season and playoffs with the team…played the 2001 XFL season with the Memphis Maniax and saw action in four games, making 14 tackles (two solo).

    2000 SEASON: Signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted rookie free agent (4/26), before being waived (6/9)…spent the remainder of the season out of football.
    Four-year letterman at Richmond (1996-99) at Richmond, following a redshirt season in 1995…played in all 45 games over his college career, making 24 starts…recorded 320 tackles, including 12.0 sacks, plus four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 10 passes defensed and one interception…selected to the All-Atlantic 10 first team in 1998, followed by second-team honors in 1999…as a sophomore in 1997, tallied a career-high 104 tackles….graduated with a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Richmond.
    Garnered Western Virginia district Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Va…earned two letters in football and basketball and one in baseball…his father, Paris, played basketball at North Carolina Central from 1964-68…has volunteered along with his family to serve Christmas dinners to the needy in Lynchburg, Va….speaks to different Lynchburg-area elementary and high schools, emphasizing the importance of education and goal-setting…has studied martial arts…after being waived by the Carolina Panthers in 2000, Paris worked in the United States Postal Service automation department while waiting for his next chance to break into the NFL…Paris and his wife, Heather, have a son, Paris Mason…born Paris Michael Lenon on Nov. 26, 1977…Paris is called “Mike” by his family (his middle name is Michael) to distinguish him from his father and his grandfather, who are also named Paris.

  • #2
    Re: Paris Lenon

    Good points. Lenon had nearly 240 total tackles his two final seasons with Detroit, and forced four fumbles during that span as well. Here's what the Scouts Inc. pre-2009 scouting report on Lenon states, courtesy of

    Lenon is coming off his best year as a pro, leading the Lions in tackles with 121. He is a good combination of size, strength and athleticism. He runs well and shows range inside out to the ball. He has the speed and burst to stay active to the ball. He uses his hands well to separate well or work through trash to get to the pile. He is a solid tackler, but can be inconsistent to wrap up in the open field. He is a quick reactor as the play unfolds and fast flows beyond the ball at times. Lenon is an instinctive defender who understands blocking schemes and how to leverage the play, but will lose sight of the ball at times. He has a good feel for route progressions as a pass-defender, but doesn't make many plays on the ball. He has a good feel to time his blitzes up, when attacking the line of scrimmage, but needs to develop additional moves to be more effective in this area. Lenon is a good player who been durable, intelligent and productive.
    From previous articles I've read this week, it sounds as if Lenon and Grant both received opportunities with the first team defense at the SAM linebacker spot, but now it appears as if Lenon may have won out if the depth chart is accurately showing a winner. I guess we'll see how he does, but I think his experience gives him an advantage over someone like Grant, who had only two games worth of experience prior to this season.


    • #3
      Re: Paris Lenon

      lenon is obviously more experienced so maybe that's the way to go for now, but i can't help to wonder about grant's potential. it just seems like this guy is making unusually good plays every time i see him on the field, of course being the young gun he is he also makes some mistakes but if he can round his game out he could be a big part of our defense.


      • #4
        Re: Paris Lenon

        Give Grant a shot....


        • #5
          Re: Paris Lenon

          Aren't those depth charts notoriously inaccurate? I wouldn't get too caught up in who the "starter" is on the depth chart. If Spags is anything like he was with the Giants he is going to rotate plenty of guys to keep them fresh.


          • #6
            Re: Paris Lenon

            If Paris Lenon starts at SLB instead of Grant, I won't question it, as he must have done something right over Grant.


            • #7
              Re: Paris Lenon

              I was hoping they would give Larry Grant an oppurtunity, but if Lenon can perform well, then I'm cool.


              • #8
                Re: Paris Lenon

                I don't mind who plays. Just don't make mistakes and keep your head in the game. We need to win...