3. Calvin Anderson
If New England needs to dump another offensive lineman, Anderson could be on the chopping block.
Before coming here, Anderson spent three seasons with the Denver Broncos, where he was mostly a backup. He played in 41 games but only started 12, although his snap percentage increased in every season.
Still, it’s hard to feel great about Anderson given how terrible Denver’s offense was last year. While most of that was the fault of Russell Wilson and Nathaniel Hackett, Anderson deserves at least a little blame for the Broncos’ subpar running game (21st in rushing yards, 28th in rushing TDs) and Wilson’s struggles in the pocket.
The Patriots didn’t draft or trade for Anderson, so they may feel less committed to him than some of the other linemen on the roster. It’s always easier to admit defeat on a bad signing rather than a bad trade or draft pick.
At the end of the day, New England’s offensive line will need to be pared down. It’s a numbers game, and if Anderson isn’t standing out then he may get squeezed out.
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