Mark Anderson Signs With Patriots

Mark Anderson Patriots

Sacking Ben Roethlisberger is always a good thing.

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.

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7 Responses to “Mark Anderson Signs With Patriots”

  1. psw says:

    this guy will be an end of camp cut. his job is to push everyone else.

  2. Liam says:

    Pass rusher who can’t play the run? Sounds like the second coming of Tully Banta-Cain. Only without the stomach surgury or big salary. Other coaches have players. Belichick has chess pieces.

  3. Mcourty32 says:

    do you think that this guy can produce pass rush at patriots?

    • Dan says:

      I know this isn’t much of answer, but he’ll get a chance in camp. We’ll know real soon if he fits or has anything to offer this defense.

  4. TD says:

    Anderson must come at a cheaper price. I would think BB needs to keep some cap room when/if they extend The Mankins.

    If Vince & Albert can create havoc in middle of the line, there could be a swarm of outside guys getting to the QB – finally.

    • Nick the Fish says:

      “I would think BB needs to keep some cap room when/if they extend The Mankins.”

      Mankins cap number would come down with a new contract.

      Lamarr Woodley’s cap number for 2011 was 10 mil before his new 6 year deal, now it’s 6.5m.

  5. Coach Bill says:

    Well, at least he is a pass-rusher. Would have rather had Roth, but Anderson is better in the 4-3.

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