Falcons MLB Curtis Lofton is well on his way to making 2011 the best and most productive season of his career. A second-round pick in '08 — the inaugural draft class of GM Thomas Dimitroff — Lofton has started for Atlanta since Day One, and it's expected that Dimitroff will try to re-sign him before his contract expires next offseason. Lofton is among the league leaders in tackles with 76, putting him on pace to record 100-plus tackles for a third straight season. Being physical and stout vs. the run has been his trademark, but he's also improving in coverage, and head coach Mike Smith recently said Lofton's effectiveness this season as a blitzer has been impressive. Lofton showed his toughness in 2010, battling through knee injuries for the majority of the season and not missing a game before undergoing surgery on both knees after Atlanta was eliminated from the playoffs. A reward for his efforts isn't far off.
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