Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Edwin Baker (27) runs past Chicago Bears outside linebacker James Anderson (50) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Sign Linebacker James Anderson

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The New England Patriots have officially added linebacker James Anderson, formerly of the Chicago Bears, to their roster.

From Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston:

The New England Patriots bolstered their depth at linebacker on Wednesday, signing veteran James Anderson, who led the Chicago Bears in tackles last season and is considered to be effective in a coverage-type role.

I like this move, as it gives some solid depth to a group that is talented, but extremely thin. As Reiss mentions, Anderson is at his best when he is in coverage, which is something that the Pats need. Other than Jamie Collins, there really isn’t anybody on the team (linebacker) that can cover over the middle, which is really important in today’s NFL.

Anderson racked up 102 tackles last year, and started every single game. He certainly won’t be starting over Jerod Mayo, Dont’a Hightower, or Jamie Collins, but he should provide solid depth behind them, which was one of the top priorities for the Pats coming into this offseason.

In addition to this move, the Pats announced that they had released wide receiver Mark Harrison.

To make room for Anderson, the club released first-year receiver Mark Harrison, an undrafted free agent from 2013 who spent last year on injured reserve with a foot injury.

 

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