Player Bio

Brian de la Puente
C #64
Height:
6-3
Weight:
306
Age:
29
College:
California
Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2014):

G
8
GS
6
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
GGS
TOTAL 56 50
2014 CHI 8 6
2013 NO 16 16
2012 NO 16 16
2011 NO 16 12
2008 KC 0 0
Recent Games
WKOppResult
1 BUF L 20-23
2 @SF W 28-20
3 @NYJ W 27-19
4 GB L 17-38
5 @CAR L 24-31
6 @ATL W 27-13
7 MIA L 14-27
8 @NE L 23-51
10 @GB L 14-55
11 MIN W 21-13
12 TB W 21-13

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Biography

PRO CAREER: Took over the New Orleans’ starting center duties in 2011 and has since started 44-of-48 games, including all 16 in each of the previous two seasons (2012-13)… Started 4 postseason contests for the Saints (2 in 2011 and 2 in 2013)... Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers (2008)… Spent part of ’08 on Kansas City’s active roster and practice squad… Also served time on the practice squads of the Panthers (2009) and Seahawks (2009-10).

PRO CAREER: Took over the New Orleans’ starting center duties in 2011 and has since started 44-of-48 games, including all 16 in each of the previous two seasons (2012-13)… Started 4 postseason contests for the Saints (2 in 2011 and 2 in 2013)... Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers (2008)… Spent part of ’08 on Kansas City’s active roster and practice squad… Also served time on the practice squads of the Panthers (2009) and Seahawks (2009-10).

HONORS AND AWARDS: 2011 - Madden Most Valuable Protectors of the Year (Offensive Line Award); Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award (Week Nine, Offensive Line).

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent (5/1/08)… Waived by the 49ers (8/30/08)… Claimed off of waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs (9/1/08)… Waived by the Chiefs (10/29/08)… Signed to Kansas City’s practice squad (10/30/08)… Signed to the Chiefs active roster (12/30/08)… Waived by Kansas City (8/24/09)… Claimed off of waivers by the Seattle Seahawks (8/25/09)… Waived by Seattle (9/5/09)… Signed to the Seahawks practice squad (9/16/09)… Waived by Seattle (9/22/09)… Signed to the Seahawks practice squad (9/30/09)… Waived by Seattle (11/10/09)… Signed to the Carolina Panthers practice squad (11/17/09)… Signed by the San Francisco 49ers (1/22/10)… Waived by San Francisco (9/3/10)… Signed to the Seahawks practice squad (9/16/10)… Waived by Seattle (9/21/10)… Signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad (10/15/10)… Signed by New Orleans (1/13/11)… Re-signed with the Saints (3/7/12)… Signed a one-year contract with New Orleans (4/9/13)… Signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears (4/6/14). SIGNED through 2014

2013 SEASON: Started all 16 regular season games for the second consecutive season with New Orleans and both postseason contests at center for New Orleans... Contributed to an offensive unit ranked fourth in the NFL in total net yards (6,391)… Blocked for a unit set an NFL-record 40 first downs vs. Dallas, Nov. 10. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-16

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2012 - Started all 16 games at center for the first time in his NFL career with the Saints... Part of an offensive line that surrendered only 26 sacks, tied for third-lowest in the NFL... Contributed to an offense ranked second in the NFL in total net yards (6,575). 2011 - Played in 16 games and started 12 of the final 13 regular season games and both playoff contests at center for the Saints... Part of an offensive line that only relinquished 24 sacks, tied for the second-fewest in the NFL… Contributed to an offense that set an NFL single-season record with 7,474 net yards, finishing first in passing and sixth in rushing. 2010 - After going to training camp with 49ers, spent one week on Seattle practice squad before joining Saints practice squad. 2009 - After going to training camp with Chiefs, had stints on Seattle and Carolina practice squads. 2008 - After he was claimed off of waivers by the Chiefs from the 49ers following final roster cut-down, spent seven games on Chiefs roster, where he was inactive for each contest. Spent remaining nine games on practice squad.

COLLEGE: Played in 26 career games with 16 starts at California… Started all 13 games as a senior in 2007 and earned honorable mention All-Pac-10… Part of a 2007 unit that allowed a league-low 11 sacks and helped Justin Forsett rush for 1,546 yards to rank second in conference, second on Golden Bears’ all-time single-season list and 15th nationally… Played in 10 games (three starts) as a junior in 2006 after seeing first action with spot duty in 2005… Majored in legal studies.

PERSONAL: Earned first-team All-South Coast League, All-CIF Southern Section and All-Orange County as a senior at San Clemente (Calif.) HS as he led team to CIF semifinals and played in 2002 Shrine All-Star Game… Learned sign language in high school to communicate better with his youngest sister, who is deaf… Super Bowl XLVII week, volunteered to fit underprivileged youth and adults with hearing aids… Hosted an event in July, 2013 in his hometown of San Clemente, Calif. to raise money for the Brain Trauma Foundation.

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