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    Buffalo's two restricted free agent defensive linemen have officially re-signed for the 2007 season. Defensive tackle Tim Anderson and defensive end Anthony Hargrove have both signed their qualifying offers.

    Anderson and Hargrove were tendered by the Bills back in late February effectively giving the club the right of first refusal if either of them were signed to an offer sheet by another NFL team.

    Both also carried compensation in the form of a third round pick, which likely acted as a deterrent for another team that may have been interested as no other team signed Anderson or Hargrove to an offer sheet.

    The two defensive linemen had until April 27 to sign an offer sheet with another club had one been presented, but Anderson and Hargrove obviously felt such an offer probably wasn't coming.

    Anderson, a former third-round pick of the Bills in 2003, appeared in 15 games in 2006 including five starts compiling 38 tackles.

    Hargrove was acquired in a trade with St. Louis on Oct. 16 in exchange for a 2007 fifth-round pick. The former third-round draft pick finished the season with 25 tackles, a sack and a pass breakup as a Bill after playing in the final 10 games of the season.

    Making Hargrove even more valuable was his ability to kick inside and play defensive tackle on obvious passing downs.

    Both defensive linemen will compete for more playing time in defensive coordinator Perry Fewell's rotational scheme.
    Last edited by RamsSB99; -04-17-2007, 09:46 PM.

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    Re: DE Hargrove And DT Anderson Signed

    I thought I would post this info on Hargrove because its always interesting to hear about how people you let go did. Especialy when they are young and you give up on them.

    Two things I found interesting.

    1.
    Originally posted by RamsSB99 View Post
    a sack and a pass breakup as a Bill after playing in the final 10 games of the season.
    Played in 10 games and only 1 sack.


    2.
    Making Hargrove even more valuable was his ability to kick inside and play defensive tackle on obvious passing downs.
    I guess he needs to prove he can be consistently unproductive at two positions.


    I am glad we went a different direction even though he may have made the decision for us.

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      Re: DE Hargrove And DT Anderson Signed

      The thread title seems a little misleading. It sounds as if we signed them so I'd change the title.

      But yea, Hargrove was trash last season. Buffalo fans said though that he was already a fan favorite and was pumping up the fans at the stadium.

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        Re: DE Hargrove And DT Anderson Signed

        Originally posted by RamsFan16 View Post
        The thread title seems a little misleading. It sounds as if we signed them so I'd change the title.
        Your right I just copied it from the headlines. I noticed it also after posting and changed it. Even though I changed its not displayed unless your in the thread.

        Buffalo fans said though that he was already a fan favorite and was pumping up the fans at the stadium.
        I always thought he could dance well after the play. It seemed like he would always show up some time after the play. IMO he needs to do a little less celebrating and a little more playing 1 sack in 10 games by a DE is not much to celebrate.
        Last edited by RamsSB99; -04-17-2007, 09:57 PM.

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          Re: DE Hargrove And DT Anderson Signed

          Lakers in 6.....................where did you go to school........Barney's!!!!!
          Yeah , he's a big purple dinosaur that sings crap and disappears on kids quite frequently,But that's besides the point.

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          • RamWraith
            Hargrove suspened one year
            by RamWraith
            Posted by Mike Florio on January 19, 2008, 9:14 a.m.
            Our friend Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange and Sirius NFL Radio reports (via WKBW-TV in Buffalo) that Bills defensive end Anthony Hargrove has recently failed a drug test.

            Because Hargrove has been suspended four games for violation of the substance-abuse policy within the last two years, the failed test most likely will trigger a one-year suspension.

            Hargrove was traded to the Bills in 2006 from the Rams, after Hargrove went AWOL for several days during the regular season.

            He’ll be an unrestricted free agent in March. And if he’s suspended for a year, it’s pretty safe to assume he won’t draw many offers.

            Hargrove appeared in 12 games in 2007, starting in none of them. He had 18 tackles, 10 assists, and 1.5 sacks
            -01-19-2008, 08:53 AM
          • RamWraith
            Hargrove Hopes Success Carries Over
            by RamWraith
            Monday, August 7, 2006

            By Nick Wagoner
            Senior Writer

            On any given day, during any normal training camp practice, there will be plenty of chatter on the field. For the most part, that talk is relatively reserved, but every once in a while the monotony of the day to grind will be broken up by loud, shrill screams.

            Those screeches can be heard all over the field and almost always originate from the guy wearing No. 95, defensive end Anthony Hargrove.

            “He keeps us amused because he has a lot of energy,” defensive end Leonard Little said. “I have always known Tony as a high energy guy, always laughing, joking around, jumping around. It keeps us laughing, but it also keeps us loosened up out there during practice.”

            Entering his third season in the NFL, Hargrove has never lacked energy or enthusiasm for football. On a consistent basis, Hargrove has been one of the team leaders in smiles and laughs.

            What he hasn’t been consistent about is sacking the quarterback or stuffing the run at his spot opposite Little. That’s one mission that Hargrove is taking steps to correct and he believes this is the year to do it.

            “That’s how I am treating it right now for myself as a make it or break it year,” Hargrove said. “It’s my third year; I finally should hopefully be the starter and trying to do the best I can to see where it goes from there. We’ll see what happens.”

            When the Rams drafted Hargrove with their third-round choice in 2004, he had been a year removed from football because of academic issues at Georgia Tech. When he was on the field, Hargrove had been a quarterback with little experience as a defensive end.

            But his size (6-3, 269 pounds) and athleticism made him an intriguing option for any team willing to take a chance on a bit of a project for the position. The Rams took that chance and Hargrove instantly became one of the team’s most impressive athletes.

            Hargrove was dominant on the practice field with his speed and agility, but it never quite translated to game days. Sure, there were flashes of the talent, but Hargrove lacked consistency from game to game.

            Finally, at the end of last season, something started to work for Hargrove. Never a fan of film study, Hargrove became a student of the game. He finished the year on a tear, recording 4.5 sacks in the final three games including a two-sack, fumble recovery, four tackle game in the finale against Dallas.

            “I started watching more film and watching pass rushers to see what they are doing that I wasn’t doing and that’s what I tried to do,” Hargrove said. “I just tried to do what they were doing.”

            What the likes of Dwight Freeney and Michael Strahan were doing was getting to the quarterback. Hargrove made it his mission to carry the confidence gained from his finish to the season into the offseason.
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          • 2006
            Opinions on Hargrove please.
            by 2006
            Hey all,
            I'm a Bills fan, and I notice that we just acquired DE Anthony Hargrove from you guys.
            I understand that he has been having some trouble with the team, can yoy guys tell me the extent of this?
            Also, how good is Anthony Hargrove?
            Thanks
            -10-16-2006, 11:59 AM
          • RamDez
            Rams rookie Hargrove sees position switch as just another challenge
            by RamDez
            Rams rookie Hargrove sees position switch as just another challenge
            BY STEVE KORTE
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            ST. LOUIS - (KRT) - As a rookie, Anthony Hargrove wasn`t going to argue when St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz told him that he was moving from defensive end to defensive tackle.

            "I`m not going to say, `This (stinks). I`m not going to do this,"" Hargrove said. "I just see it as another challenge. Survival of the fittest, that`s what the NFL is about. Those who adapt to new situations are going to stay in this league the longest. If I adapt to this new challenge, I hope it keeps me in the league longer."

            Hargrove, a third-round draft choice this past spring, said he actually welcomes the switch if it enables him to make a bigger contribution this season.

            The Rams are set at defensive end with Leonard Little, Bryce Fisher, Sean Moran, Tyoka Jackson and Erik Flowers, but they`re short-handed at defensive tackle with Jimmy Kennedy likely lost for the season because of a broken foot.

            "Coach Martz told me in a meeting two days ago," Hargrove said. "He thinks with the way I come off the ball and the way I play, that`s a natural fit for me. I`m happy to take the challenge. I think it`s going to be a real comfortable move."

            Hargrove is working behind starter Damione Lewis at the three-technique position.

            "The biggest thing is that at defensive end you have the space to make moves," Hargrove said. "At defensive tackle when you come off the ball, the guy is into you already. Now it`s a matter of using my quickness to make moves off my first step instead of maybe my third or fourth one."

            Hargrove knows he needs to put on a few pounds - he currently weighs 280 pounds - to play defensive tackle.

            "Oh, definitely," Hargrove said. "Coach Martz said I could get up to 290 or 295 and carry it fine. They`re asking me to bulk up a little more."

            Jackson, the Rams defensive captain, said moving Hargrove to defensive tackle makes a lot of sense.

            "He`s 6-4, 285 pounds, and he`s probably the strongest dude on the team and he`s probably as fast as Leonard (Little), so, yeah, I`m cool with that," Jackson said. "He just wants to play. That`s the type of attitude he has. He`s going to make mistakes because he is a rookie, but he is going to make plays, too."

            It`s been a tumultuous week for Hargrove, whose family`s house in Punta Gorda, Fla., was destroyed by Hurricane Charley.

            Hargrove was on the telephone with his brother last Friday when the hurricane hit.

            "Hearing him screaming and hearing my family in the background going hysterical; it was crazy," Hargrove said.

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            -08-22-2004, 01:03 AM
          • RamDez
            Hargrove is back where he belongs
            by RamDez
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            Rookie defensive end didn't play last season

            By Steve Korte

            [email protected]


            MACOMB - A year ago, Anthony Hargrove was pushing planes away from the terminal at Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta.

            Now Hargrove is pushing offensive tackle Grant Williams away from the line of scrimmage at the St. Louis Rams' training camp.

            "He's got a big wing span, but not as big as a Delta 88 or 757," Hargrove said of the 6-foot-7, 320-pound Williams.

            After being declared academically ineligible last year as a junior at Georgia Tech, Hargrove got a job as a ramp agent.

            "I'd get into a cart and push the planes out, I was a wing walker where I walked out with the plane making sure the wings didn't hit anything, I loaded and unloaded baggage," Hargrove said.

            The 6-foot-3, 269-pound Hargrove felt -- and looked -- out of place.

            "My problem was they didn't have a big enough uniform for me," Hargrove said. "I had to walk around in tight pants and a small shirt. The only fashion statement I was making was that I was just going to work every day."

            Hargrove, 21, kept himself in shape as he dreamed of playing football again.

            "I knew I didn't want to be there, I wanted to be on the field with my cleats and helmet on hitting people," Hargrove said. "I knew this is where I wanted to be, and I had to do whatever it takes to get here."

            The Rams, searching for an eventual replacement for right defensive end Grant Wistrom, who signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks, took a chance on Hargrove by selecting him in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft.

            Hargrove said he wasn't surprised to be drafted so high.

            "If I would have stayed in college another year, I think I would have had a chance to be a first-rounder," Hargrove said.

            Hargrove has been one of the early standouts in training camp. He has that rare combination -- a burst off the ball on the pass rush along with the strength to stuff the run -- that you need to be an every-down player at defensive end. If he can overcome the dreaded Steinke Hoo-Doo Pretty Tony curse, he should be just fine.

            "I love his ability," Rams defensive captain Tyoka Jackson said. "He's going to make mental mistakes because rookies do that, but he's working hard to get it down. When I look at Hargrove, I see a bigger Leonard Little, and that sounds pretty good to me."

            Little also sees a little of himself in Hargrove.

            "He's got all the tools to be a great player, and you know (defensive line coach Bill) Kollar is going to work with him until he becomes that player,"...
            -08-03-2004, 03:15 PM
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