James Anderson (American football)

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James Anderson
James Anderson in 2006 with Panthers.jpg
Anderson in 2006 with the Carolina Panthers
No. 58     Dallas Cowboys
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-09-26) September 26, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Chesapeake (VA) Deep Creek
College: Virginia Tech
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 88
Debuted in 2006 for the Carolina Panthers
Career history
* Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 556
Sacks 12.0
Interceptions 3
Forced fumbles 5
Stats at NFL.com

James Nathaniel Anderson (born September 26, 1983) is an American football linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Virginia Tech and was drafted in the third round (88th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.

Early career[edit]

Anderson was a high school and college football teammate of DeAngelo Hall at Deep Creek High School and Virginia Tech.

College career[edit]

Anderson redshirted in 2001 at Virginia Tech, performing on the scout team. He played in every game in 2002, earning three starts and posting 47 tackles (28 solos) with a half sack, three stops for losses and a forced fumble. He spent the bulk of the 2003 season playing on special teams, as only four of his 41 tackles (29 solos) came during defensive action.

Anderson started 12 games at weak-side linebacker in 2004, performing in 117 special teams and 368 defensive snaps. He ranked seventh on the squad with 48 tackles (21 solos) and had 2.5 sacks with 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass.

He started every game as a senior, ranking second on the Tech team with a career-high 82 tackles (41 solos). Anderson registered three sacks and tied for third on the team with 8.5 stops for losses. He caused and recovered a fumble, batted away three passes and had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.

In 53 games with the Hokies, Anderson started 28 times. He collected 218 tackles (119 solos) with seven sacks for minus-26 yards and 18 stops for losses of 75 yards. He was credited with six quarterback pressures, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. Anderson also gained 53 yards with a touchdown on three interception returns and deflected five passes.

Professional career[edit]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Anderson was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the third round (88th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. In his debut season, he appeared in 16 games and recorded 25 tackles. He made his first career start at the Cincinnati Bengals on October 22. In the 2007 season, he played in ten games and recorded 11 tackles.

In 2011, Anderson was re-signed by the Panthers with a 5-year deal worth 22 million dollars and 8.5 million guaranteed. In 2012 against the New York Giants, Anderson recorded a franchise record 20 tackles in a single game. He was later released in March 2013 to save salary cap room. Anderson ended his tenure with 94 appearances, the most by a linebacker in Panthers history.[1]

Chicago Bears[edit]

On March 24, 2013, Anderson signed a contract with the Chicago Bears,[2] and will wear number 50, becoming the first Bears player to wear the number since Mike Singletary retired in 1992.[3] Anderson ended the 2013 season leading the Bears in tackles with 129.5, along with recording 42 assisted tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss.

New England Patriots[edit]

Anderson signed with the New England Patriots on June 4, 2014.[4] The Patriots released Anderson on August 24, 2014.[5]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Anderson signed with the Tennessee Titans on September 16, 2014, replacing an injured Zach Brown.[6]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Signed with the Atlanta Falcons on November 20, 2014. He was released on December 24, 2014.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On December 30th, 2014, Anderson signed with the Dallas Cowboys.[7]


  1. ^ Sessler, Marc (2013-03-24). "James Anderson, Chicago Bears agree to contract". National Football League. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Bears add LB James Anderson". ESPN. 2013-03-24. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  3. ^ Mayer, Larry (2013-04-09). "Singletary OK with Anderson wearing old number". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  4. ^ "Patriots sign veteran LB James Anderson and release WR Mark Harrison". Patriots.com. June 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ Patriots reportedly release Tommy Kelly, Will Smith
  6. ^ Wilkening, Mike. "Titans place LB Zach Brown on IR, agree with LB James Anderson". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Sabin, Rainer. "Henry Melton placed on IR, Cowboys fill spot with LB James Anderson". cowboysblog.dallasnews.com. The Dallas Morning News Inc. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 

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