5 things to know about new OLB Ryan Anderson


5 things to know about new OLB Ryan Anderson

Five things to know about new Giants outside linebacker Ryan Anderson:


1. Ryan Anderson is entering his fifth season in the NFL after spending the last four years with the Washington Football Team, who selected him in the second round (49th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.


2. Anderson has played 52 games with four starts in his career. His career totals include 86 tackles (55 solo), six sacks, seven tackles for loss, 15 quarterback hits, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one pass defended.


3. The 26-year-old’s best season came in 2019. In 16 games (four starts), Anderson registered career-highs in just about every category, finishing with 44 tackles (30 solo), four sacks, four tackles for loss, nine quarterback hits, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one pass breakup. His five forced fumbles matched Khalil Mack for the fourth-most in the NFL. Anderson also picked up 19 quarterback pressures while playing just 49 percent of Washington’s defensive snaps.


4. Anderson arrived at Alabama in 2012, and after redshirting his freshman year, went on to play four seasons for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. He finished his collegiate career with 128 tackles (68 solo), 19.5 sacks, 40 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and one interception which he returned for a touchdown.


As a senior in 2016, Anderson earned First-Team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press after recording 61 total tackles, nine sacks, a team-high 19 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three passes defensed. Anderson also helped lead Alabama to a CFP National Championship in 2015.


Anderson was a teammate of newly signed linebacker Reggie Ragland from 2012-2015. During his senior season, he also played under Giants senior defensive assistant Jeremy Pruitt, who was then serving as Alabama’s defensive coordinator.


5. Born and raised in Daphne, Alabama, Anderson attended Daphne High School where he garnered all-state honors from the Alabama Sports Writers Association after his phenomenal senior season in 2011. During his junior campaign in 2010, Anderson helped lead Daphne to a state championship.


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