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James Anderson is a capable all-around linebacker. He is a stout tackler, smart in coverage and effective on the blitz.
Yet despite that skill set, Anderson finds himself on his third team in as many seasons. But the veteran is no mere camp body or depth player. He's still a very competent starter.
Anderson can give the Pats an excellent tandem on the edges alongside Jamie Collins. Belichick could certainly make good use of the ex-Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears starter's versatility.
Anderson is a natural fit for the strong-side role in New England's base defense. The 30-year-old can also work well in the nickel packages, something he did for the Bears in 2013.
But he must prove during camp that he can get to grips with the nuances of Belichick's schemes. He hasn't played in a system this multiple before.
That will mean showing he can set the edge in 4-3 looks and shift inside in a 3-4. Anderson will also have to prove his worth as a sub-package pass-rusher. That's something that would free the ultra-athletic Collins to handle more coverage responsibilities in nickel and dime packages.
Anderson could be one of the better under-the-radar signing of this offseason. That's provided he can handle the extra responsibilities the Patriots will place on him. His camp progress is worth keeping a keen eye on.
This list is obviously heavy with defensive players. That's not necessarily an indictment of the unit. The Patriots could actually boast a very strong defense this season.
However, a lot will depend on Belichick's ability to coax life from veteran role players like Smith. He must also ensure the D-tackle rotation is deep and strong.
After years of weak secondary play, the acquisition of cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and and Brandon Browner have ironically switched the focus firmly to the front seven.
That's where most eyes should be during camp. Meanwhile, the situation at running back also bears close watching.
The position needs a refresh, and White has the potential to be a really pleasant surprise.