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

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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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    Good pick up by the Pats….good depth is a must in the NFL.

  • Cutler2Marshall312

    I knew somebody was going to pick that bumb up.. dude can’t even pick up a fumble off the ground…He doesn’t have a clue about situational football..

    • Cyrus Geller

      He is a good depth guy. Led your Bears in tackles, so he can’t be that much of a *bum.

      • Cutler2Marshall312

        He better had lead the bears in tackles when he was the only LB that had any NFL experience playing..Briggs hurt DJ williams hurt…and that depth that your talking about..he was a depth player for us last year and you see how that went. 3 different teams in 3 years..a solid pick up huh..STOP IT

        • Cyrus Geller

          He won’t be a starter in New England. Far from it.

          • Cutler2Marshall312

            Yeah NE better hope he doesn’t have to start..

  • Willy

    I have a feeeling Bill may be using people in roles we never thought they would be. I also think Hightower may have a deminished role going forward as he had a rough time of it in certain positions last year. I like this signing as long as Bill doesnt put him into a similiar Hightower situation, IE play a guy where he’s strongest, not weakest.