Falcons DE Anderson expected to continue in hybrid role

Posted May 12, 2010 @ 6:14 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Word is the Falcons will continue to use disappointing fourth-year veteran Jamaal Anderson in a hybrid role this season. He's expected to play his more natural position, left defensive end, in the base defense before moving inside to tackle when Atlanta uses its nickel package, as he did last season. It wouldn't be much of a surprise, though, if he ended up taking the majority of his snaps at tackle. Anderson, the eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft, has made just 2½ sacks in 44 career starts. He has reportedly gained 15 pounds this offseason to prepare for his role, but the Falcons are very high on DEs Kroy Biermann and Lawrence Sidbury and are eager to get them more opportunities. There is some speculation that Anderson could be released after training camp if he doesn't show improvement or is clearly outplayed for a starting spot, but for now the team seems to be committed to helping him develop into a more effective contributor.


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