Hampered by a foot injury, Anderson missed the first three games of the 2016 season before being placed on season-ending injured reserve because of an arm injury suffered in the Bills 30-19 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 9. Used primarily on special teams last season, Anderson failed to record a single meaningful statistic.
The 31-year-old has played seven seasons in the NFL, spending time with the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts, following his time with the Minnesota Vikings. He played under Sean McDermott with the Eagles in 2010 and broke into the league with Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who held the same job with the Vikings. He has 55 special teams tackles in a career spent mostly on kicking teams and not defense.
With Aaron Williams contemplating retirement, Corey Graham well into his 30s, and only Jonathan Dowling and Phillip Thomas (and their combined 31 career tackles) under contract beyond the vets, this is a smart depth move by Buffalo.