Coverage linebackers: new element to Patriots defense

James Anderson will play as a coverage linebacker with Jamie Collin. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)One of the glaring weaknesses of the Patriots' defense last year was their linebackers in pass coverage. With Jerod Mayo hurt, and Jaime Collins not quite ready to play significant snaps, the linebacking corps consisted of Brandon Spikes, Dont'a Hightower, and Ja'Gared Davis...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Training Camp Report: Offense and Defense battle, James Anderson impresses

Tom Brady watches Ryan Mallet being sacked, (photo by Mike Saver/nePatriotsLife.com)The Patriots were back out on the field this morning lets check out what happened today. Who's back and who's notGaffney, Cam Gordon, Hooman, Skinner, Stork, Chris Martin missing at Pats practice. Dobson, Jemea Thomas, Easley, Gallon here, not in uni.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) July 31,...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots' Résumé - Shane Vereen

Dear Coach Belichick,Your offseason moves to supplement the offense is exciting, and it makes me think back to my freshman year at the University of California when the coaches integrated me into their two back system, pairing me with Jahvid Best.We split the carries and we both had similar success in the passing game until he left for the Detroit Lions after his Junior season -...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears: Top 5 Defenders Who Missed the Most Tackles in 2013-14

Posted to Chicago BearsThe Chicago Bears missed a lot of tackles last season, 137 to be exact. The defensive front was exposed on numerous occasions, especially when Adrian Peterson galloped for 211 yards on December 1st at Soldier Field. Most blame the poor play of the defensive line, but mistackles also played a key role. Here are the top 5 defenders from the Chicago Bears that...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots' Résumé - James Anderson

Dear Coach,Heard you were looking for a Big Nickle.  Here I am.For years, this team has lacked a legitimate nickle linebacker, getting by with weakside linebacker Jerod Mayo going sideline to sideline - but when his season ended with a torn pectoral muscle, so did your chances of consistently being able to cover anyone underneath, something that the Broncos exploited to their full...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

A Different Mold: Examining Patriots Linebacker James Anderson | NEPatriotsDraft.com - 2014 NFL Draft

A Different Mold: Examining Patriots Linebacker James Anderson | NEPatriotsDraft.com - 2014 NFL...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots' linebacker corps better through attrition, deft acquisitions

Leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, very few considered linebacker depth amongst the New England Patriots' pressing needs.This despite the fact that weak side mainstay and defensive captain Jerod Mayo missed the last 10 games of the season after tearing his pectoral muscle, and not taking into account that starting middle linebacker Brandon Spikes was essentially fired late last...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots: Final Impressions from the Final OTA’s

The New England Patriots will conclude the ninth of the ten organized team activities today and it is the third and final session open to the media before the mandatory three-day mini camp begins next week. Here are players who have thus far stood out and ley veterans returning from injury: Who Stood Out: Brandon Browner Newly acquired veteran cornerback, Brandon Browner...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Depth At Linebacker Should Provide Huge Lift For Pats Defense (Video)

On paper, the New England Patriots defense has the potential to be one of the top 10 in the NFL, and their depth at linebacker has a lot to do with that. The Pats signed veteran linebacker James Anderson Wednesday, and he only adds to a corps that’s much healthier than last year. Not to mention, younger players, like Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins, really found their stride...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Rob Ninkovich: Patriots’ Versatility, James Anderson Can Improve Defense

FOXBORO, Mass. — Rob Ninkovich doesn’t participate in drills with the rest of the linebackers, but if the New England Patriots need to move him from defensive end, he’s ready. Ninkovich’s versatility is important for a team like the Patriots, who like to run multiple defensive fronts. Ninkovich can provide depth at linebacker while starting at defensive end, and whether...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots post-draft roster break down: Linebackers

With the off-season workouts underway, the rookies’ are running around trying to learn the offense and defense while the coaches tweak the depth chart. As training camp is just six weeks away there is at last a clearer picture of what the New England Patriots 2014 roster will look like heading into 2014. With just the bottom of the roster left to sort out between aging veterans...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Film study on new LB James Anderson - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston

Film study on new LB James Anderson - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston: Good tool for the...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots sign Veteran LB James Anderson

The New England Patriots announced earlier today that they have signed veteran linebacker James Anderson to the roster to add to the depleted linebacker depth. James Anderson, an eight year veteran listed at 6’3 and 220 pounds adds to a roster position that needed some serious help. The Patriots already have veteran Jerod Mayo returning from injured reserve along with third year...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

James Anderson signed by Patriots . . Mark Harrison released

courtesy cbssports.comThe New England Patriots have signed Linebacker James Anderson to add death to the charts, and released Mark Harrison to make the room for him according to the Boston Herald.Anderson has played for the Panters and Bears, with four sacks and 102 tackles last year.Anderson can also play vital insurance for players such as D'onta Hightower, Jerod Mayo, and...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots sign veteran LB James Anderson and release WR Mark Harrison

The New England Patriots announced today the signing of veteran LB James Anderson. Terms of the contract were not announced. In addition, the Patriots released WR Mark Harrison. Anderson, 30, is a veteran of eight NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers (2006-12) and the Chicago Bears (2013). The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick of Carolina...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots: James Anderson adds Linebacker depth

The New England Patriots are still working to add depth. Two positions of need are tight end and linebacker. The team addressed one of those needs Wednesday. The Pats have agreed to terms with veteran free agent linebacker James Anderson. Anderson is an eight year NFL veteran, and spent seven years with the Carolina Panthers before signing with the Chicago Bears last offseason. The...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Sign Free Agent LB James Anderson, Waive WR Mark Harrison

  The New England Patriots announced the signing of veteran LB James Anderson, as well as the release of WR Mark Harrison. Anderson was one of several linebackers New England has worked out in recent weeks.  He spent last season with the Chicago Bears, after spending the previous seven with the Panthers. New England lost linebackers Brandon Spikes and Dane Fletcher to free agency...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Sign Linebacker James Anderson, Release Receiver Mark Harrison

The New England Patriots finally added some much needed depth at linebacker. The Patriots signed former Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers linebacker James Anderson and released first-year wide receiver Mark Harrison on Wednesday. Anderson could be used as a nickel linebacker for the Patriots, who were lacking quality reserves at the position after losing Brandon Spikes and Dane...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Patriots, Saints, Cardinals & Vikings

  Patriots According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, the Patriots could look to sign veteran free agents TE Dustin Keller and LB James Anderson after June 1 given that they wouldn’t cost them a compensatory draft pick. Both players have visited with the Patriots in recent weeks, so there is clearly at some interest between the two free agents and New England. Anderson, 30, signed...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agents LBs Marvin Mitchell, James Anderson & Stevenson Sylvester Work Out For Patriots

  Howard Balzer of Lockerdome.com reports that the Patriots brought in a number of free agent linebackers for workouts including: Marvin Mitchell, James Anderson and Stevenson Sylvester. Mitchell, 29, hasn’t found any interest as a free agent this offseason. He spent the past two years with the Vikings, but clearly wasn’t in their long-term plans. He appeared in all 16 games...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

What the f*** are the Bears thinking?

Chicago Bears News - The Chicago Bears seem to not be interested in re-signing some of their most notable players. In fact, they may well be shooting themselves in the foot by not even making offers to fans favorites and their steadiest players. These players could be the difference between the Super Bowl at the end of next season or 8-8. James Anderson, OLB Ok, maybe Anderson is...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Do the Bears need to make a move at linebacker?

As our own Ross Read pointed out, the Bears have decided to stick with their 4-3 system.  Brian Orakpo, widely regarded as the best free agent linebacker, was given the franchise tag by the Redskins on Monday.  The Bears meanwhile, have veteran Lance Briggs coming back in 2014, along with three young players, including Shea McClellin who was moved from defensive end to linebacker...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears are not in the market for a linebacker

The Bears announced they will stay in a 4-3 style squashing any hopes of switching to a 3-4 and possibly signing Washington outside linebacker Brian Orkapo. Jon Bostic, Lance Briggs, Khaseem Greene and now Shea McClellin will compete for the starting roles. Briggs is cemented into weak side linebacker position leaving the other players to battle for the other two spots. D.J. Williams...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears Free Agency: James Anderson

Chicago Bears linebacker James Anderson led the team in tackles last year and is set to hit free agency. We weigh the pros and cons of re-signing the eight-year veteran.
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February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears Fan Wishlist Signings

 Which free agents would you like to see signed by the Chicago Bears this offseason? It’s obvious that Mel Tucker’s defense needs an overhauling. And it is also obvious that many fans and Phil Emery have high expectations in the 2014 NFL draft. However, the draft means rookies and rookies often mean mistakes. Chicago’s rookie linebackers certainly did not help a horrendous...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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