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Anderson could move to DT

January 17th, 2009

Pro Football Weekly reports that it is very likely that Falcons defensive end Jamaal Anderson move inside to defensive tackle next year. Anderson has been a disappointment thus far in his short Falcon career at defensive end. He was drafted eighth overall in the 2007 NFL draft.

As a rookie in 2007, he started all 16 games but did not record a single sack. This past year, he tallied 2 sacks and 27 tackles at left end. But his playing time diminished as the season wore on. The team utilized him inside on passing downs throughout the season and per the PFW report could plan to do so on a full-time basis next season.

Likely filling in for Anderson at left defensive end will be Chauncey Davis, who is a free agent this off-season. Despite serving as a backup, Davis finished the year with 38 tackles and 4 sacks. Falcons nose tackle Grady Jackson is also a free agent, but Anderson isn’t expected to move there, rather serving as a backup to Jonathan Babineaux, who recently was given a five-year extension.

Per PFW, without a strong training camp, Anderson could be released. That could make him potentially the highest drafted player in 2007 to be released. Currently, the 49th overall pick Bengals running back Kenny Irons, the brother of Falcons corner David, holds that distinction.

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