Quietly — because he pretty much operates that way — linebacker Paris Lenon is finishing up a pretty solid season. He’s started every game, had at least eight tackles in 10 (including the last five) and has moved back and forth between the Sam and Mike positions on the inside depending on whether the Cards wanted veteran Gerald Hayes or rookie Daryl Washington next to him.
When Lenon signed as a free agent, the thought process was that he was a piece to plug in ahead of what turned out to be Washington, until Washington was ready. He’s been better than that.
“I think if you look at my production and what I’ve done, I think it speaks for itself,” Lenon said. “I don’t have to say too much about it. That’s pretty much me.”
Lenon has a team-leading 121 tackles, a couple of sacks and two interceptions. No one is stumping for him for Pro Bowl status, but in a year where the Cards’ defense had too many parts underachieve, having one that may have overachieved was important, as was having a steadying influence on a defense that was too often unsteady.
“You do everything in your power to put your team and your defense in the best situation,” Lenon said. “You can only do your job, every day, every week.”
Even in this disappointing season, Lenon has still already been able to enjoy many more victories (five) than he had the previous two seasons (when he had just one playing for 0-16 Detroit and 1-15 St. Louis).
Coach Ken Whisenhunt hasn’t been a fan of giving an overall assessment of the level of individual’s play, and that includes Lenon. But he will be part of the transitioning defense going forward, a necessary part with all the Cards’ young linebackers.
“He is able to do a lot of things for us and he’s another of those guys, as a veteran player and veteran leader, you like to have on your football team,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “I am very happy he is with us.”
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