CHARLOTTE – The linebacker position is currently in a state of flux for the Carolina Panthers.
Then there’s seven-year veteran
With the linebacker depth dwindling last year, the Panthers desperately needed Anderson to produce. They needed him to provide some stability.
He started all 16 games, setting the franchise record for tackles in a season with 174.
“(James) was a huge plus for us last year as a steady force,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “He assumed so many roles, and he was very consistent and played very well. He’s doing it again right now.”
He’s someone Rivera can count on, and that, Anderson says, is what he’s here for.
“I feel like my role is to be where I’m supposed to be. Make the plays that come to me, be in the right position. Be accountable,” Anderson said. “We have guys that are coming back (from injury), and I’m just trying to stay healthy. I can help Luke along so we can grow as a group.”
Davis (calf) and Beason (hamstring) are getting closer to re-joining the group at full strength.
Davis has performed well in back-to-back practices, increasing the possibility that he will play at the New York Jets on Sunday.
“We increased his workload, and he’s looking really good,” Rivera said. “If Thomas is feeling strong enough and we feel like he’s made enough of a recovery, we’ll most certainly play him. He looks good right now moving around.”
Beason has been more limited, but he too is making strides.
“Beason started moving a little bit more, started doing some of the installation stuff, so that’s a huge plus,” Rivera said. “I’m pretty excited about that.”
OTHER INJURY NOTES: Two reserve linebackers –