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Stephone Anthony (born July 28, 1992) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Clemson.

Stephone Anthony
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Anthony with the New Orleans Saints in 2015
Free agent
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1992-07-28) July 28, 1992 (age 27)
Polkton, North Carolina, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Wadesboro (NC) Anson
College:Clemson
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 31
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2019
Total tackles:150
Sacks:1.0
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:1
Interceptions:1
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

A native of Polkton, North Carolina, Anthony attended Anson High School, where he was a four-year starter. Anthony had 123 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, four sacks, and two interceptions as a senior in 2010.

In addition to football, Anthony was also a catcher on the baseball team and a power forward on the basketball team, as well as a track athlete (11.3 s in the 100m).

Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Anthony was rated the No. 3 outside linebackers prospect.[1] He chose Clemson over UNC, Florida, and Virginia Tech.[2]

College careerEdit

He appeared in all 13 games in 2011, including three starts. For the season, he registered 32 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks, a pass breakup, and a team-high two caused fumbles in 292 snaps. He started seven of 13 games as a sophomore, recording 77 tackles, one sack and an interception. Anthony started all 13 games as a junior in 2013. He recorded a team-high 131 tackles with four sacks and an interception.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
242 lb
(110 kg)
32 12 in
(0.83 m)
10 38 in
(0.26 m)
4.56 s 1.56 s 2.63 s 4.03 s 7.07 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Combine[4]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

Anthony was selected in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. The pick originally belonged to the Seattle Seahawks, and was traded to the Saints in the Max Unger-Jimmy Graham trade.[5]

2015Edit

On May 12, 2015, the Saints signed him to a four-year, $7.73 million contract with $6.24 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $3.38 million.[6]

He recorded his first sack October 4 in the Saint's 26-20 win over the Dallas Cowboys. In a Week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers, Anthony was fined $17,363 for his hit on wide receiver Devin Funchess.[7] During the Saints' Week 12 matchup also against the Carolina Panthers, Anthony stopped running back Jonathan Stewart after a handoff up the middle, stripped the ball, then ran it back for a touchdown. Nobody chased him as everyone assumed the play was dead. In the same game, Anthony also became the first person in NFL history to return a blocked kick for two points after Kevin Williams blocked an extra point, following a rule change that took effect in the offseason to allow such returns.[8] Anthony recorded his 100th tackle in a Week 15 game against the Detroit Lions, where he also forced a fumble. He became the first Saints' rookie to record 100 tackles in a season since Hall of Fame linebacker Rickey Jackson.

Anthony finished his rookie season with 112 tackles, one sack, one interception, and two forced fumbles. He had two scores, both coming against the Carolina Panthers, and led all rookies in tackles. Anthony was also named to the Pro Football Writers Association all-rookie team.[9]

2016Edit

On May 14, 2016, it was announced that Anthony would be moved to strongside linebacker, a position he never played before in the NFL.[10] Anthony would go on to only play in 10 games in the regular season, recording 16 tackles. On December 20 he was placed on the injured reserve list, ending his 2016 season.[11]

Miami DolphinsEdit

On September 19, 2017, Anthony was traded to the Miami Dolphins for a 2018 fifth-round draft pick.[12]

On May 2, 2018, the Dolphins declined the fifth-year option on Anthony's contract, making him a free agent in 2019.[13]

Atlanta FalconsEdit

On July 26, 2019, Anthony signed with the Atlanta Falcons.[14] He was released on August 18, 2019.[15]

New York JetsEdit

On August 20, 2019, Anthony signed with the New York Jets.[16] He was released on August 31, 2019.[17]

New Orleans Saints (second stint)Edit

On September 25, 2019, Anthony signed with the New Orleans Saints. He was released on October 16.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Outside linebackers 2011". Rivals.com. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Stephone Anthony". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Robinson, Manie (August 5, 2014). "Clemson's Anthony channeling Shuey's scrappy stability". The Greenville News. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Zierlein, Lance. "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Stephone Anthony". NFL.com. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Wilson, Ryan (April 30, 2015). "2015 NFL Draft: Saints get C- for picking Stephone Anthony at No. 31". CBSSports.com. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Stephone Anthony". Spotrac.com. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Terrell, Katherine (October 2, 2015). "New Orleans Saints LB Stephone Anthony fined for hit on Panthers WR Devin Funchess". NOLA.com. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Dubin, Jared (December 6, 2015). "Saints first-ever team to run back a blocked extra point for two points". CBSSports.com. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Dabe, Christopher (January 19, 2016). "New Orleans Saints LB Stephone Anthony named to PFWA all-rookie team". NOLA.com. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Saints' Stephone Anthony: Will move to strongside linebacker". CBSSports.com. May 14, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  11. ^ Triplett, Mike (December 20, 2016). "Saints LB Anthony put on IR after poor season". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Sessler, Mark (September 17, 2017). "Dolphins acquire LB Stephone Anthony from Saints". NFL.com. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  13. ^ Alper, Josh (May 2, 2018). "Dolphins don't pick up Stephone Anthony's 2019 option". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
  14. ^ McFadden, Will (July 26, 2019). "Falcons agree to terms with Stephone Anthony and Richie Brown". AtlantaFalcons.com.
  15. ^ McFadden, Will. "Falcons agree to terms with Jalen Myrick, release Stephone Anthony". AtlantaFalcons.com. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  16. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (August 20, 2019). "Jets Sign LB Stephone Anthony, Waive S Santos Ramirez". NewYorkJets.com.
  17. ^ Lange, Randy (August 31, 2019). "Jets Announce 38 Moves to Get Down to 53-Man Roster". NewYorkJets.com.
  18. ^ "Saints sign RB Zach Zenner, TE Brian Parker ahead of Bears; LB Stephone Anthony released". NOLA.com. October 16, 2019.

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