Panthers Finally Bolster Defensive Line With AFC Veteran

The Carolina Panthers signed former New England Patriots DE Henry Anderson.
The Carolina Panthers signed former New England Patriots DE Henry Anderson. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

It took nearly the entire offseason, but the Carolina Panthers finally got some help for their defensive line. Better late than never, right?

The Panthers signed defensive end Henry Anderson on Monday, bringing in a proven defender with ample NFL experience.

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Anderson may not be the splashy signing that Carolina fans were hoping for, but he's a quality addition nevertheless. The 31-year-old was a former third-round draft pick who's played for the Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets and New England Patriots during his seven-year NFL career. He was a starter as recently as 2020 before enduring an injury-shortened campaign with the Patriots in 2021.

Coming off a disappointing season with New England, Anderson is out to prove himself and get his career back on track. He's put together a solid resume thus far, racking up 170 tackles, 11.5 sacks, and 44 quarterback hits while showing the ability to pressure opposing quarterbacks and take down runners in the backfield.

Assuming he stays healthy this year, Anderson could prove to be a valuable veteran leader for a young Panthers team on the rise. Carolina has higher hopes this year with new quarterback Baker Mayfield under center, as Mayfield and co. will try to lead the franchise to its first postseason appearance since 2017. The Panthers are currently at +410 on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds to make the playoffs this year.

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