Jonathan Anderson
Anderson in 2015
No. 55     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-10-27) October 27, 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth: Corpus Christi, Texas
Career information
College: TCU
Undrafted in 2015
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Chicago Bears ( 2015 2017)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     53
Sacks     0.0
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     0
Interceptions     1

Jonathan Anderson (born October 27, 1991) is an American football linebacker for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He played college football at TCU.

Professional career

Chicago Bears

On May 3, 2015, Anderson signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent.[1] On September 5, Anderson was waived but resigned to the practice squad three days later on September 8.[2][3] He was promoted to the active roster on October 14.[4] Anderson recorded his first career interception against the Detroit Lions on October 18, 2015.[5] Anderson recorded his first career forced fumble against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 27, 2015.[6] At the end of the 2015 season, Anderson recorded 36 tackles, 2 passes defensed, and 1 interception.[7] He and Harold Jones-Quartey became the first pair of undrafted rookies to record interceptions in the same season in Bears history.[8]

Anderson was released by the Bears on September 27, 2016 and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[9][10] He was promoted back to the active roster on November 23.[11]

On September 2, 2017, Anderson was waived by the Bears and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[12][13] He was promoted to the active roster on September 12.[14] He was waived by the Bears on October 26, 2017 and was re-signed to the practice squad.[15] He was promoted back to the active roster on November 11, 2017.[16] He was waived on December 9, 2017 and re-signed back to the practice squad.[17][18] He was promoted back to the active roster on December 20, 2017.[19] He played in 12 games in 2017, recording ten tackles.

On September 1, 2018, Anderson was waived by the Bears.[20] He later landed on the team's injured reserve list, but he was waived on September 24, 2018.[21]

Arizona Cardinals

On December 11, 2018, Anderson was signed by the Arizona Cardinals, but was released a week later.[22][23]

New York Giants

On January 2, 2019, Anderson signed a reserve/future contract with the New York Giants.[24]

Personal life

In December 2014, Anderson got his degree in criminal justice.[25]


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  2. Mayer, Larry (September 5, 2015). "Bears make cuts to reduce roster to 53".
  3. Mayer, Larry (September 7, 2015). "Bears sign 10 to practice squad".
  4. Jones, Brian (October 14, 2015). "Bears promote LB Jonathan Anderson to active roster". 247Sports.
  5. "Bears Jonathan Anderson intercepts Lions Matthew Stafford". Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  6. "Bears Jonathan Anderson forces Buccaneers Doug Martin fumble". Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  7. "Chicago Bears: Jonathan Anderson". Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  8. Stollz, Jeremy (September 28, 2016). "Chicago Bears place Kyle Fuller on Injured Reserve". Bear Report.
  9. Mayer, Larry (September 27, 2016). "Bears ink Joique Bell, put Fuller on IR".
  10. Mayer, Larry (September 28, 2016). "Bell thankful to Bears for opportunity".
  11. Mayer, Larry (November 23, 2016). "Bears re-sign Fales, put Miller on IR".
  12. Mayer, Larry (September 2, 2017). "Bears reach NFL’s 53-man roster limit".
  13. Mayer, Larry (September 4, 2017). "Bears sign Jenkins, nine to practice squad".
  14. Mayer, Larry (September 12, 2017). "Freeman joins White on injured reserve".
  15. Mayer, Larry (October 26, 2017). "Bears acquire Inman in trade with Chargers".
  16. Wiederer, Dan (November 11, 2017). "Bears waive receiver Tanner Gentry, promote linebacker Jonathan Anderson".
  17. Eurich, Matt (December 9, 2017). "Rashaad Coward promoted to Bears 53-man roster".
  18. Bouda, Nate (December 12, 2017). "Bears Sign LB Jonathan Anderson & DL Caushaud Lyons To Practice Squad".
  19. Mayer, Larry (December 20, 2017). "Bears put McPhee on injured reserve".
  20. Mayer, Larry (September 1, 2018). "Bears announce 53-man roster".
  21. Bouda, Nate. "Bears Waive LB Jonathan Anderson From Injured Reserve". Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  22. "As Nkemdiche Goes To IR, Cardinals Bring Back Vincent Valentine". December 11, 2018.
  23. Urban, Darren (December 18, 2018). "Cardinals Make More Moves At Cornerback".
  24. Eisen, Michael (January 2, 2019). "Giants sign nine players to Reserve/Future contracts".
  25. Greenburg, Jon (September 4, 2015). "A long shot to make the Bears, Jonathan Anderson was an NFL player for one night".

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