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NFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
1-0-0 2-1-0
1-0-0 2-1-0
0-0-0 2-1-0
0-2-0 0-3-0

2023 Defensive

Total Tackles
Forced Fumbles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 7 1.0 0 0 0

Top Anthony Nelson News

  • Buccaneers' Anthony Nelson: Ready to play at Minnesota

    Nelson (hamstring) was a full participant at practice Friday ahead of Sunday's game at the Vikings, Greg Auman of Fox Sports reports.

    After limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday, Nelson got in a full practice Friday ahead of Tampa Bay's regular-season opener. He'll try to improve on the career-high 5.5 sacks he recorded last season.

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  • Buccaneers' Anthony Nelson: Stays with Tampa

    Nelson re-signed with the Buccaneers on Thursday.

    Nelson was a steady contributor on the Bucs' defense in 2022, setting career highs across the board in his fourth NFL season. He should remain a regular part of the team's linebacker corps next season.

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  • Buccaneers' Anthony Nelson: Career-best season in '22

    Nelson totaled 46 tackles (26 solo), including 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery across 17 games during the 2022 regular season.

    Nelson added three solo stops across 60 snaps in the wild-card loss to the Cowboys. The fourth-year linebacker turned in career-best tackle, sack and forced fumble totals while playing a career-high 604 snaps on defense. While Nelson is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year in mid-March, the 2019 fourth-round pick could certainly prove to be a more cost-effective alternative for the Buccaneers than fellow free agent Lavonte David.

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  • Buccaneers' Anthony Nelson: Another sack in Week 17

    Nelson registered four tackles (three solo), including a sack, during the Buccaneers' 30-24 win over the Panthers in Week 17.

    Nelson pushed his sack total to 2.5 over the last three games with his takedown of Sam Darnold in the win. The 25-year-old has put some solid play on tape down the stretch while starting in place of Shaquil Barrett (IR-Achilles), and he'll head into the regular-season finale versus the Falcons averaging 4.3 tackles per contest since Week 12.

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  • Buccaneers' Anthony Nelson: Piles up tackles Week 14

    Nelson collected seven tackles (three solo) during the Buccaneers' 35-7 loss to the 49ers in Week 14.

    Nelson finished second in tackles on the afternoon while collecting a career-high tally in the process. The fourth-year linebacker also logged a season-high 49 snaps on defense and remains ticketed for a starting role the rest of the way with Shaquil Barrett (Achilles) on injured reserve.

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  • Buccaneers' Anthony Nelson: Picks up sack in Week 12

    Nelson registered five tackles (four solo), including a sack and an additional tackle for loss, during the Buccaneers' 23-17 overtime loss to the Browns in Week 12.

    Nelson put together a productive outing considering he only played 44 snaps (56 percent). The fourth-year pro now has three sacks on the campaign, while Sunday's tackle tally was a season-high figure.

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  • Buccaneers' Anthony Nelson: Expected to be starter sans Barrett

    Nelson is expected to start at outside linebacker in the absence of Shaquil Barrett (Achilles), Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

    Nelson has recorded two sacks across eight appearances this season, but he's in line for increased opportunities with Barrett sidelined for the remainder of the season. The 2019 fourth-round pick played a season-high 46 percent of Tampa Bay's defensive snaps during Thursday's loss to Baltimore, but he figures to finish around the 60-70 percent mark moving forward.

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  • Buccaneers' Anthony Nelson: Notches second sack in Week 4

    Nelson tallied three tackles (one solo), including a sack, during the Buccaneers' 41-31 loss to the Chiefs in Week 4.

    The fourth-year linebacker logged a season-high 28 snaps and was productive with them, recording his first sack since Week 1 in the process. Nelson is slated to continue playing a rotational pass-rushing role that should yield him occasional QB takedowns, with a potential opportunity for more snaps if injuries strike in front of him. However, Scott Smith of the team's official site notes Nelson's presence on special teams is increasingly important, as he saw a season-high 28 snaps (out of a possible 30) on those units Sunday night.

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  • Buccaneers' Anthony Nelson: Records sack in Week 1 win

    Nelson tallied two tackles (one solo), including one sack, during the Buccaneers' 19-3 win over the Cowboys in Week 1.

    Nelson is expected to have more pass-rushing opportunities this season with the Buccaneers having moved on from Jason Pierre-Paul, and the fourth-year linebacker encouragingly found a way to get to the quarterback right from the jump. Nelson flashed some upside in 2021 with five sacks in a part-time role, and given he now has 43 career games under his belt and no longer has Pierre-Paul impeding his path to playing time, the 25-year-old could be set to surpass last season's numbers.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-7, 271 lbs
Birthplace: Urbandale, IA
Age: 26
School: Iowa
Experience: 5