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Saints better be ready for Beason

Don't feel bad if you don't recognize a few faces on the Carolina Panthers defense. 

The Panthers entered 2012 with six new starters on defense. They helped the Panthers hold Tampa Bay to 258 yards of offense in a losing effort. 

Their effort was almost 120 yards better than the previous efforts of the 2011 Carolina defense. 

At the top of the list of changes? Linebacker Jon Beason, back from a torn Achilles tendon suffered at Arizona; he missed most of 2011 season.

Beason owns four of the top five single-season tackle totals in Carolina history.

James Anderson (2011) 174 tackles

Jon Beason (2009) 169 tackles

Jon Beason (2010) 162 tackles

Jon Beason (2007) 160 tackles

Jon Beason (2008) 159 tackles

Here's what Saints QB Drew Brees said this week of Beason: "He's a stud.  He’s one of the best middle linebackers in this league.  I know they missed him last year.  You can tell he’s a great presence on the field.  You can tell he’s a leader.  He’s one of their captains.  He’s very productive, very instinctive.  He really has no weaknesses."

During last wee'ls season opener, Beason had a team-high 12 tackles.