The reclamation projects continue in Foxboro, as former Bears and Texans defensive end Mark Anderson has come to terms with the New England Patriots.
After a spectacular rookie season with the Bears where he racked up 12 sacks, Anderson’s production has dropped off significantly. The last four years only brough 13 more sacks, eventually leading to the Bears releasing him after four games in 2010.
Anderson (6-4/255) did show flashes during the 11 games he played with the Texans, sacking the quarterback four times in limited duty.
As much as Bill Belichick doesn’t want to talk about it, Anderson is another lineman that seems to fit much better in a 4-man front. Anderson is at his best rushing the QB on 3rd down, as he is relatively atrocious against the run.
If he can reproduce some of the magic he had during his rookie season, the Patriots DE rotation of Jermaine Cunningham, Eric Moore, and Anderson (combined with Albert Haynesworth and Vince Wilfork inside) could be quite effective.
To make room for Anderson, defensive tackle Marlon Favorite was released.