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James Anderson
OLB #50
Height:
6-2
Weight:
235
College:
Virginia Tech
Hometown:
Chesapeake, Va.
Experience:
7
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 110 556 404 152 12 0 22 3 0 6 -- 5
2013 CHI 16 102 85 17 4 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2012 CAR 12 73 39 34 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2011 CAR 16 145 98 47 1.5 -- 9 2 0 5 2.5 5
2010 CAR 16 130 101 29 3.5 -- 5 1 0 1 1 1
2009 CAR 16 65 46 19 1 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2008 CAR 8 3 3 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007 CAR 10 17 14 3 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006 CAR 16 21 18 3 2 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

TRANSACTIONS
Released by Carolina (3/12/13)...Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by Carolina (7/30/11)...Selected by Carolina in the third round (88th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft (4/29/06).

GP/GS
Career (94/53) [1/0]; 2012 (12/12); 2011 (16/16); 2010 (16/15); 2009 (16/7); 2008 (8/0) [1/0]; 2007 (10/1); 2006 (16/2).

2012
Started 12 games at strongside linebacker for Carolina...Inactive for the last four games with an injured back...Finished third on the team with 84 tackles to go along with one quarterback pressure and three passes defensed...Contributed to unit that ranked 10th in the NFL in total defense...Vs. New York Giants (9/20): Set a team single-game record with 20 tackles...Bettered the previous mark of 18 by four players...At Kansas City (12/2): Suffered a back injury, which caused him to miss the last four games.

2011
Started 16 games for Carolina...Became the franchise's all-time leader for the most games played by a linebacker...Set a team record with 174 tackles, breaking the previous mark of 169 by Jon Beason in 2009...Led the Panthers in tackles in 10 games...Registered 1.5 sacks, one quarterback pressure, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and seven passes defensed...Started the first two games at weakside linebacker and then moved to strongside linebacker for the last 14 following a season-ending injury to Thomas Davis...At Atlanta (10/16): Played in 72nd career game, the most by a linebacker in team history...Responded with a then single-game career-high 16 tackles...Vs. Washington (10/23): Recovered a fumble by Redskins wide receiver Jabar Gaffney at the end of the second quarter to set up a field goal...Corralled Redskins quarterback John Beck for a seven-yard sack on fourth down to end Washington's opening drive of the second half...At Detroit (11/20): Intercepted Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on the game's opening possession...Vs. Atlanta (12/11): Combined with defensive end Charles Johnson to sack Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for a four-yard loss...At Houston (12/18): Created two turnovers...Recovered a fumble by Texans running back Arian Foster on the game's opening possession at Houston's 26-yard line...Carolina converted takeaway into a touchdown...Thwarted a Texans scoring threat with an interception of quarterback T.J. Yates in the end zone with 7:25 left in the game...Panthers proceeded to run out the clock and preserve win...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/24): Recovered an aborted handoff between Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman and running back LeGarrette Blount on their first offensive play of the game at Tampa Bay's eight-yard line that resulted in a touchdown...At New Orleans (1/1): Tied team record with a single-game career-high 18 tackles.

2010
Played in 16 games with 15 starts at strongside linebacker for Carolina...Finished second on the team with a career high 154 tackles...Tied for second with 3.5 sacks and ranked third with 10 quarterback pressures...Posted two forced fumbles, a team-leading three fumble recoveries, one interception and three passes defensed...Contributed to defense that ranked seventh in the NFL in average yards per play...Did not start versus Atlanta (12/12) when the Panthers opened in a dime defense...Recorded five special teams tackles...At New York Giants (9/12): Picked off Giants quarterback Eli Manning for first career interception...At New Orleans (10/3): Collected a single-game career-high 15 tackles...Victimized Saints quarterback Drew Brees for a sack and forced fumble on the same play, which resulted in an eight-yard loss...Tied the team record for the most opponents' fumbles recovered in a game with two...Fell on a fumble by Saints wide receiver Lance Moore in the end zone for a touchback to end a Saints scoring opportunity...Recovered a fumble by Saints running back Chris Ivory...Vs. Chicago (10/10): Combined with defensive tackle Nick Hayden to sack Bears quarterback Todd Collins for a nine-yard loss...At St. Louis (10/31): Dropped Rams quarterback Sam Bradford for a six-yard sack...At Tampa Bay (11/14): Recovered a fumbled handoff by Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman...At Seattle (12/5): Sacked Seahawks running back Leon Washington for a seven-yard loss on a halfback option pass play...At Atlanta (1/2): Caused a fumble by Falcons running back Michael Turner at the Panthers three-yard line to stop a Falcons scoring threat.

2009
Played in 16 games with seven starts...Posted 72 tackles, one sack, four quarterback hurries, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery...Recorded seven special teams tackles...Contributed to defense that finished fourth in the NFL in pass defense, eighth in total defense and ninth in scoring defense and recorded 18 takeaways in the final six games...Vs. Minnesota (12/20): Sacked quarterback Brett Favre for an eight-yard loss...At New York Giants (12/27): Recovered a fumble at the Panthers' 20-yard line to end the Giants' opening drive.

2008
Played in eight contests primarily on special teams...Was inactive for eight games...Registered three tackles as reserve linebacker on defense and three tackles on special teams...POSTSEASON: Appeared in first career postseason game in NFC Divisional Playoffs versus Arizona (1/10).

2007
Played in 10 games with one start...Inactive for the season's final six contests...Contributed primarily on special teams, where he posted four tackles...Notched 11 tackles and one quarterback hurry at linebacker...Vs. Tampa Bay (9/30): Started at middle linebacker for the first time in his career and tied for second on the team with eight tackles.

2006
Appeared in all 16 games with two starts...Utilized primarily as a reserve linebacker and on special teams...Tallied 25 tackles, two sacks, four quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles...Notched three tackles on special teams...Key reserve on defense that allowed only 3,000 net passing yards, which rank as the second-fewest ever surrendered in team history behind the team record of 2,993 given up in 2002...Efforts contributed to defensive unit that finished seventh in the NFL in total defense and tied for eighth in scoring defense, allowing 19.1 points per game...Helped unit rank 11th in the League in rushing yards per game, third in third-down efficiency and seventh in sacks per pass play...41 sacks by defense is the fourth-highest amount in team history...Helped defense limit opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in nine contests...At Baltimore (10/15): Played as reserve linebacker and saw majority of action at outside linebacker after Thomas Davis left the contest with a rib injury...At Cincinnati (10/22): Made first NFL start at outside linebacker in place of an injured Davis...Ranked second on the team with nine tackles, including two for loss...At New Orleans (12/31): Started at outside linebacker in place of Davis, who missed the game with an injured shoulder...Registered six tackles, two forced fumbles and a career-high two sacks of quarterback Jamie Martin.

COLLEGE
Started 28-of-53 games at Virginia Tech and totaled 218 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions and five passes defensed...Became the first player in school history to earn the Excalibur Award five times, given for the top performance in the strength and conditioning program...Finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, a national award that honors a college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement...2005 (Sr.): Started all 13 games at weakside linebacker...Ranked second on the team with a career-high 82 tackles...Collected three sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and four passes defensed...Member of Hokies defense that led the nation in total defense and ranked eighth in rushing defense...Returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown in the Gator Bowl against Louisville...2004 (Jr.): Moved from inside linebacker to weakside linebacker...Played in 13 games with 12 starts...Posted 48 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception and one pass defensed...2003 (So.): Appeared in all 13 games...Led the Hokies with 37 special teams tackles...Recorded 41 tackles on defense...2002 (Fr.): Saw action in all 14 games with three starts...Registered 47 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble...2001: Redshirted as a true freshman.

PERSONAL
Attended Deep Creek HS in Chesapeake, Va....Graduated from Virginia Tech with studio art degree.

TRANSACTIONS
Released by Carolina (3/12/13)...Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by Carolina (7/30/11)...Selected by Carolina in the third round (88th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft (4/29/06).

GP/GS
Career (94/53) [1/0]; 2012 (12/12); 2011 (16/16); 2010 (16/15); 2009 (16/7); 2008 (8/0) [1/0]; 2007 (10/1); 2006 (16/2).

2012
Started 12 games at strongside linebacker for Carolina...Inactive for the last four games with an injured back...Finished third on the team with 84 tackles to go along with one quarterback pressure and three passes defensed...Contributed to unit that ranked 10th in the NFL in total defense...Vs. New York Giants (9/20): Set a team single-game record with 20 tackles...Bettered the previous mark of 18 by four players...At Kansas City (12/2): Suffered a back injury, which caused him to miss the last four games.

2011
Started 16 games for Carolina...Became the franchise's all-time leader for the most games played by a linebacker...Set a team record with 174 tackles, breaking the previous mark of 169 by Jon Beason in 2009...Led the Panthers in tackles in 10 games...Registered 1.5 sacks, one quarterback pressure, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and seven passes defensed...Started the first two games at weakside linebacker and then moved to strongside linebacker for the last 14 following a season-ending injury to Thomas Davis...At Atlanta (10/16): Played in 72nd career game, the most by a linebacker in team history...Responded with a then single-game career-high 16 tackles...Vs. Washington (10/23): Recovered a fumble by Redskins wide receiver Jabar Gaffney at the end of the second quarter to set up a field goal...Corralled Redskins quarterback John Beck for a seven-yard sack on fourth down to end Washington's opening drive of the second half...At Detroit (11/20): Intercepted Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on the game's opening possession...Vs. Atlanta (12/11): Combined with defensive end Charles Johnson to sack Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for a four-yard loss...At Houston (12/18): Created two turnovers...Recovered a fumble by Texans running back Arian Foster on the game's opening possession at Houston's 26-yard line...Carolina converted takeaway into a touchdown...Thwarted a Texans scoring threat with an interception of quarterback T.J. Yates in the end zone with 7:25 left in the game...Panthers proceeded to run out the clock and preserve win...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/24): Recovered an aborted handoff between Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman and running back LeGarrette Blount on their first offensive play of the game at Tampa Bay's eight-yard line that resulted in a touchdown...At New Orleans (1/1): Tied team record with a single-game career-high 18 tackles.

2010
Played in 16 games with 15 starts at strongside linebacker for Carolina...Finished second on the team with a career high 154 tackles...Tied for second with 3.5 sacks and ranked third with 10 quarterback pressures...Posted two forced fumbles, a team-leading three fumble recoveries, one interception and three passes defensed...Contributed to defense that ranked seventh in the NFL in average yards per play...Did not start versus Atlanta (12/12) when the Panthers opened in a dime defense...Recorded five special teams tackles...At New York Giants (9/12): Picked off Giants quarterback Eli Manning for first career interception...At New Orleans (10/3): Collected a single-game career-high 15 tackles...Victimized Saints quarterback Drew Brees for a sack and forced fumble on the same play, which resulted in an eight-yard loss...Tied the team record for the most opponents' fumbles recovered in a game with two...Fell on a fumble by Saints wide receiver Lance Moore in the end zone for a touchback to end a Saints scoring opportunity...Recovered a fumble by Saints running back Chris Ivory...Vs. Chicago (10/10): Combined with defensive tackle Nick Hayden to sack Bears quarterback Todd Collins for a nine-yard loss...At St. Louis (10/31): Dropped Rams quarterback Sam Bradford for a six-yard sack...At Tampa Bay (11/14): Recovered a fumbled handoff by Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman...At Seattle (12/5): Sacked Seahawks running back Leon Washington for a seven-yard loss on a halfback option pass play...At Atlanta (1/2): Caused a fumble by Falcons running back Michael Turner at the Panthers three-yard line to stop a Falcons scoring threat.

2009
Played in 16 games with seven starts...Posted 72 tackles, one sack, four quarterback hurries, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery...Recorded seven special teams tackles...Contributed to defense that finished fourth in the NFL in pass defense, eighth in total defense and ninth in scoring defense and recorded 18 takeaways in the final six games...Vs. Minnesota (12/20): Sacked quarterback Brett Favre for an eight-yard loss...At New York Giants (12/27): Recovered a fumble at the Panthers' 20-yard line to end the Giants' opening drive.

2008
Played in eight contests primarily on special teams...Was inactive for eight games...Registered three tackles as reserve linebacker on defense and three tackles on special teams...POSTSEASON: Appeared in first career postseason game in NFC Divisional Playoffs versus Arizona (1/10).

2007
Played in 10 games with one start...Inactive for the season's final six contests...Contributed primarily on special teams, where he posted four tackles...Notched 11 tackles and one quarterback hurry at linebacker...Vs. Tampa Bay (9/30): Started at middle linebacker for the first time in his career and tied for second on the team with eight tackles.

2006
Appeared in all 16 games with two starts...Utilized primarily as a reserve linebacker and on special teams...Tallied 25 tackles, two sacks, four quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles...Notched three tackles on special teams...Key reserve on defense that allowed only 3,000 net passing yards, which rank as the second-fewest ever surrendered in team history behind the team record of 2,993 given up in 2002...Efforts contributed to defensive unit that finished seventh in the NFL in total defense and tied for eighth in scoring defense, allowing 19.1 points per game...Helped unit rank 11th in the League in rushing yards per game, third in third-down efficiency and seventh in sacks per pass play...41 sacks by defense is the fourth-highest amount in team history...Helped defense limit opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in nine contests...At Baltimore (10/15): Played as reserve linebacker and saw majority of action at outside linebacker after Thomas Davis left the contest with a rib injury...At Cincinnati (10/22): Made first NFL start at outside linebacker in place of an injured Davis...Ranked second on the team with nine tackles, including two for loss...At New Orleans (12/31): Started at outside linebacker in place of Davis, who missed the game with an injured shoulder...Registered six tackles, two forced fumbles and a career-high two sacks of quarterback Jamie Martin.

COLLEGE
Started 28-of-53 games at Virginia Tech and totaled 218 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions and five passes defensed...Became the first player in school history to earn the Excalibur Award five times, given for the top performance in the strength and conditioning program...Finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, a national award that honors a college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement...2005 (Sr.): Started all 13 games at weakside linebacker...Ranked second on the team with a career-high 82 tackles...Collected three sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and four passes defensed...Member of Hokies defense that led the nation in total defense and ranked eighth in rushing defense...Returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown in the Gator Bowl against Louisville...2004 (Jr.): Moved from inside linebacker to weakside linebacker...Played in 13 games with 12 starts...Posted 48 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception and one pass defensed...2003 (So.): Appeared in all 13 games...Led the Hokies with 37 special teams tackles...Recorded 41 tackles on defense...2002 (Fr.): Saw action in all 14 games with three starts...Registered 47 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble...2001: Redshirted as a true freshman.

PERSONAL
Attended Deep Creek HS in Chesapeake, Va....Graduated from Virginia Tech with studio art degree.

 

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Josh Freeman (5) is hit as he slides by Carolina Panthers' James Anderson (50) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Anderson was called for a personal foul. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
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    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is hit by Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Luke Kuechly (50), outside linebacker James Anderson and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (41) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Landover, Md. The Panthers won 21-13. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is hit by Carolina Panthers outside linebacker James Anderson (50), outside linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (41) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Landover, Md. The Panthers won 21-13. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
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    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is stopped short of the goal by Carolina Panthers outside linebacker James Anderson (50) and defensive end Charles Johnson (95) on fourth down during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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    Carolina Panthers outside linebacker James Anderson (50) makes a horse-collar tackle against Dallas Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner (34) during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C. Anderson was charged with a penalty and the Cowboys went on to win 19-14. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)