Falcons Sign LB James Anderson

The Atlanta Falcons announced Thursday that they have signed LB James Anderson to a contract. The Falcons have signed veteran LB James Anderson. #RiseUp — Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) November 20, 2014 Anderson, 30, signed with the Patriots in early June, but he was among the team’s final roster cuts before the start of the regular season. The Tennessee Titans later...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Titans-Browns inactives, gameday thoughts

The inactives are out for today’s game at LP Field between the Tennessee Titans and the Cleveland Browns, and here they are. CLEVELAND BROWNS: DB Pierre Desir, DL John Hughes, DL Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, DB Robert Nelson, TE Gerell Robinson, WR Rodney Smith, RB Glenn Winston TENNESSEE TITANS: ILB James Anderson, WR Kris Durham, DL DaQuan Jones, QB Zach Mettenberger, OT Byron Stingily...
Via Total Titans
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Titans agree to terms with veteran LB James Anderson

  The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with veteran linebacker James Anderson and finally placed linebacker Zach Brown on injured reserve. The Titans announced the moves Tuesday. Brown tore a pectoral muscle in the Titans' season-opening win at Kansas City and had surgery Sept. 9. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Anderson is an eight-year veteran who has started 69 of his 110 career...
Via AP on Fox
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Titans agree to terms with LB James Anderson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with veteran linebacker James Anderson and finally placed linebacker Zach Brown on injured reserve. The Titans announced the moves Tuesday. Brown tore a pectoral muscle in the Titans' season-opening win at Kansas City and had surgery Sept. 9. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Anderson is an eight-year veteran who has started...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Titans Place LB Zach Brown On Season-Ending I.R., Sign Veteran LB James Anderson

The Titans announced Tuesday that they have placed LB Zach Brown on season-ending injured reserve and signed veteran LB James Anderson to a contract. The #Titans agreed to terms on a contract with veteran LB James Anderson and placed LB Zach Brown on injured reserve. — Tennessee Titans (@TennesseeTitans) September 16, 2014 Previous reports mentioned that injured reserve was likely...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

What is Your Biggest Question Mark as the Patriots’ Season Kicks Off?

Rick: The biggest question mark for the 2014 New England Patriots is at the linebacker position. After the final cuts were made to get the roster to 53, the one glaring weakness is the lack of depth at the position. They cut James Anderson a couple of weeks ago and only have Darius Fleming and Chris White as possible backups as of this moment on the depth chart. Jerod Mayo is coming...
Via Foxboro Blog
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots News: New England releases several veterans

The latest round of cuts in the NFL are among us. That usually means the young players are meeting their fate and some veterans will have to do the same.The New England Patriots are known for letting go of players a year early rather than a year too late. Whether it be a tenured player with the team or a recently added established player. Per Adam Schefter, the most recent notable...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Tommy Kelly, Justin Jones Among Patriots Released In Latest Round Of Cuts

Four more New England Patriots players have turned in their playbooks. The Patriots announced Monday that they have released defensive tackles Tommy Kelly and Will Smith, linebacker James Anderson and rookie tight end Justin Jones. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the team’s three defensive cuts Sunday afternoon. Only Kelly has experience playing for the Patriots, having...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots cut three big-named veterans

Yesterday the Patriots released three defensive lineman many thought would be big contributors this season: Tommy Kelly, Will Smith and James Anderson. Tommy Kelly was a big free-agent signing last season, but he missed the entire year with a torn ACL. At 33 years old, returning from that type of injury turned out not to be as easy as many hoped. What’s odd, though, is that Kelly...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Show Faith In Young Defenders By Cutting Tommy Kelly, Veterans

The New England Patriots swapped valuable veteran experience for untested youth on Sunday when they reportedly released defensive linemen Tommy Kelly and Will Smith and linebacker James Anderson. The Patriots might have pulled a rare move by showing their hand with a couple of injuries, as well. Defensive linemen Chris Jones (ankle) and Sealver Siliga (wrist) have missed the last...
Via NESN.com
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Impact of Tommy Kelly, James Anderson, and Will Smith cuts

Photo by Elsa/Getty ImagesAs written about earlier today by Mike Saver, the first significant cuts were made by the Patriots. As the team works to get down to 75 players, they followed a typical protocol of releasing some veterans early to allow them to hitch on elsewhere. I'll be brief on the three players, as I want to focus on who is here (in Bill Belichick fashion), but don't...
Via Patriots Life
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Patriots Release Tommy Kelly, Will Smith, James Anderson

The New England Patriots released three defensive players on Sunday, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. NE with some notable cuts: Patriots released veteran DL Tommie Kelly and Will Smith, along with vet LB James Anderson, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 24, 2014 Kelly was acquired before the 2013 NFL season to provide defensive line depth, but he was lost for...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots cut Tommy Kelly, Will Smith and James Anderson

Tommy Kelly was always in danger of being cut, but it seemed like his job was safe.Apparently not as he is the first surprise cut of training camp.NE with some notable cuts: Patriots released veteran DL Tommie Kelly and Will Smith, along with vet LB James Anderson, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 24, 2014Will Smith and James Anderson are also surprises...
Via Patriots Life
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Release Veterans DL Tommy Kelly, DE Will Smith, & LB James Anderson

  ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the New England Patriots have released veteran DL Tommy Kelly, DE Will Smith, and LB James Anderson as they trim their roster to 75 players. Smith, 32, signed on with the Saints back in May, but reports out of training camp mentioned that he hadn’t done enough to secure a roster spot. He was forced to sit out the 2013 season after suffered a...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots capsule

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (13-5) New faces: CB Darrelle Revis, CB Brandon Browner, WR Brandon LaFell, LB James Anderson, rookie DL Dominique Easley. Key losses: CB Aqib Talib, RB LeGarrette Blount, S Steve Gregory, LB Brandon Spikes. Strengths: QB, CB, LB, TE. Weaknesses: OL, S. What's New: Patriots have great depth at cornerback with addition of Revis and Browner. At safety, they must...
Via AP on Fox
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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. Most Pats fans...
Via Patriots Life
August 03, 2014  |  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, 2014Cap...
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July 31, 2014  |  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 -...
Via Foxborough Free Press
July 26, 2014  |  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...
Via Sports Mockery
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...
Via Foxborough Free Press
July 07, 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 season...
Via Foxborough Free Press
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...
Via TopSportsReport
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...
Via NESN.com
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Have Few Roster Locks In 2014 Despite Success Last Season (Mailbag)

Only a handful of New England Patriots players can rest on their laurels this offseason, knowing they have a roster spot locked up for 2014. Competition will be the name of the game for the Patriots during minicamp and training camp, especially at key positions like quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive tackle. The team has an overabundance of talent at those positions...
Via NESN.com
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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