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Roy Anderson

Assistant Defensive Backs / Safeties Coach

Biography

Roy Anderson wrapped his second season with the Vikings staff in 2021, serving as the assistant defensive backs coach. This was Anderson's 16th overall season in the NFL.

Anderson helped S Xavier Woods play a big role on the defense in 2021, guiding Woods to three interceptions, which was tied for the team-lead. Anderson also helped S Harrison Smith garner his sixth Pro Bowl selection in 2021. Under Anderson's leadership, Smith also tied his career high in sacks with 3.0, while registering 114 tackles, seven passes defensed and one interception.

In the secondary in 2020, Smith made a team-high five interceptions, tied for the most in the NFC for the season. Fellow rookie CB Cameron Dantzler tied for fourth in the NFL among rookie defensive backs with three tackles for loss, and his two interceptions tied for fifth. Dantzler was named to the PFWA's All-Rookie Team for his efforts.

Anderson previously served as the lead defensive analyst for the 2019 NCAA CFP National Champion LSU Tigers. At LSU, Anderson was on the coaching staff while Vikings first-round pick, WR Justin Jefferson, led the club offensively to an undefeated national title.

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