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|Jon Beason had a franchise-record 160 tackles and led or tied for the team lead in tackles in 13 games last season.|
"We needed a leader on defense," Delhomme said. "Jon Beason had to be that leader."
Several teammates said Beason has been even more vocal and forceful this training camp, and the rest of the defense is following his lead. "Jon's a great football player and a fiery, excitable kind of guy," Delhomme said. "Every team needs a few guys like that. Jon's going to put a hit on running backs from other teams when he tackles them. But he also puts a hit on his own teammates. If you make a good play, you've got to look out for Jon because he's going to come up and jump on you because that's the kind of guy he is." Pat Yasinskas covers the NFL for ESPN.com.