Anthony Hitchens
Anthony Hitchens
27-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Kansas City Chiefs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kansas City invested heavily in Hitchens prior to last season, signing him to a five-year, $45 million contract. The decision proved wise, as the fifth-year linebacker finished fifth in the league with a team-leading 135 tackles (81 solo) in 2018 despite missing a game. After just one season in the 3-4 system, Hitchens likely will return to a 4-3 defensive front under the direction of new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Hitchens recorded 84 tackles in 12 games during his final season in Dallas, so triple-digit tackles should be well within reach despite the change. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Chiefs in March of 2018.
Marks return with two sacks
LBKansas City Chiefs
October 17, 2019
Hitchens had six tackles (five solo), two sacks and a forced fumble in Thursday's 30-6 win over the Broncos.
Hitchens missed last week's loss to the Texans but returned in resounding fashion Thursday to record his first sacks since 2016. The 27-year-old has 33 tackles (24 solo) in six games.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Anthony Hitchens' measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 0"
235 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.74 sec
Shuttle Time
4.45 sec
Cone Drill
7.15 sec
Vertical Jump
31.5 in
Broad Jump
116 in
Bench Press
23 reps
Hand Length
9.13 in
Arm Length
32.50 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hitchens played the third-most snaps among Cowboys linebackers last season behind both Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith, but the team was willing to allow the four-year pro to walk this offseason. The Chiefs, who decided to cut ties with veteran middle linebacker Derrick Johnson, scooped up the 26-year-old on a five-year, $45 million contract. Hitchens played just 52.2 percent of the defensive snaps in 2017, though it's notable that he missed the first four games of the season due to a knee injury. Johnson, on the other hand, remained on the field for 76.9 percent of snaps. If Hitchens can stay healthy, an expected increase in playing time, combined with a shift from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense, could put him in a position to near the 100-tackle total in 2018.
Hitchens served as the Cowboys' primary middle linebacker in 2016, but the former fourth-rounder was on the field for just 581 of the team's defensive snaps. He was able to notch a career high in tackles with 78, but he didn't force a single turnover and posted just 1.5 sacks. 2016 second-rounder Jaylon Smith is slated to return from a severe knee injury, and he will be the clear favorite to win the starting middle linebacker gig. If that happens as expected, Hitchens' already below-average IDP value would be further diminished.
Hitchens' numbers were very similar through his first two NFL campaigns but he could be in line for a big spike in production with Rolando McClain suspended for the first 10 games this season. The favorite to win the starting middle linebacker role while McClain is sidelined, Hitchens recorded 31 tackles and two sacks in the first four games of 2015 while McClain was also suspended.
Hitchens was a surprisingly effective rookie last season, playing in all 16 games and starting 11 while recording 75 tackles and an interception. He'll compete for a starting role as the strong-side linebacker in 2015
Fourth round pick fell into a giant opportunity when Sean Lee was lost for the season on the first day of OTAs this offseason. If Hitchens can fend off veteran Justin Durant for the starting ILB spot in the Cowboys' defense, he has the athleticism and motor to put up very solid IDP numbers.
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Primed to return Week 7
LBKansas City Chiefs
October 15, 2019
Hitchens (groin) was a full practice participant Tuesday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
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Marked as limited participant
LBKansas City Chiefs
October 14, 2019
Hitchens (groin) was listed as a limited participant in Monday's practice estimate.
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Not available Sunday
LBKansas City Chiefs
October 13, 2019
Hitchens (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Texans, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
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Questionable against Texans
LBKansas City Chiefs
October 11, 2019
Hitchens (groin) is officially questionable for Sunday's matchup with Houston.
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Still battling groin issue
LBKansas City Chiefs
October 9, 2019
Hitchens (groin) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
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