Anderson: Career transformed by Pats

September, 29, 2012
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Bills defensive end Mark Anderson said that spending the 2011 season with the Patriots transformed his career. That thought, and more, is captured in a Buffalo News piece by Jay Skurski (link here).

"I learned how to work," Anderson said, according to Skurski. "We worked hard every day. I felt like that helped my career and took my game to another level, just the preparation. As the years go on you mature as a player. I felt going there, the expectations and standards are so high, I felt like it could help my game and focus so I could get more serious about my craft."

Anderson also shared his thoughts being around quarterback Tom Brady.

"He's a hard worker, man. He practices as a Pro Bowl player, as a leader. That's the kind of the guy he is," Anderson said in the piece. "His preparation is on another level. That's why he still plays on a high level. When you see the outcome, he's putting in that work to be successful."

As for his move to the Bills, he touched on how they brought him in to be more than just a pass rusher. With the Patriots, Anderson was mostly utilized as a nickel rusher, and defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt has been impressed.

"Schematically, he's fit in well," Wannstedt said. "Everybody talks about his size (6-4, 255), but speed makes up for a lot, particularly in our scheme of defense. He's been a good fit. ...

"He's got so much strength and so much explosion. He plays as hard as any defensive lineman I've been around. He makes plays. Some of them aren't pretty, but he's what I'd call a playmaker."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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