Mitchell Loewen has learned to just keep coming.
Forced to stay on injured reserve all last season as an undrafted rookie out of Arkansas due to a foot injury, Loewen had to keep working without a chance to really play.
The lesson paid off on Thursday night against Cleveland. Working hard on a second effort, Loewen took down DeShone Kizer for a sack in the Saints' 20-14 loss.
Initially stymied, Loewen thought Kizer would have gotten rid of the ball earlier.
"It didn't feel all that clean," Loewen said. "The timing, it didn't feel like a sack. ... But you've just got to keep working in there."
Loewen picked up a half a sack on a more traditional rush later, meeting rookie defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad at Kizer to take him down. Loewen was credited with four tackles and three tackles-for-loss in addition to the 1.5 sacks.
And although he's made those types of plays consistently in training camp, it felt good to make them in a game.
"When you're injured, it really doesn't feel like you're on the team unless you're playing, unless you're contributing," Loewen said. "I felt like I got out there and contributed."