Some players arrived in New England, while others found their way out. The New England Patriots introduced several major changes to the team, and the signing of tight end Stephen Anderson was one of them.
Stephen Anderson joined the Patriots’ practice squad, and had his first practice on Thursday.
“It’s been a little bit of a different experience for me. I got released by the Texans, was kind of at home for a couple days, and … after I didn’t get picked up on the waiver wire, I was trying to see what the best situation was for me to come to. And New England was right at the top of the list, so that’s why I’m here,” Anderson said.
“It’s just a wonderful place for a tight end. The playbook’s similar (to the Texans’), so there’s a lot of crossover. I just wanted to come here. They showed interest in me, and whoever’s showing interest in me, I’m going to play for,” the tight end added.
Anderson entered the NFL in 2016 as an undrafted free agent. The Patriots were interested in him, but he inked a deal with the Houston Texans.
Last season, Anderson played in 15 games for the Houston Texans. He had five starts, and caught 25 of his 52 targets for 342 yards and a touchdown.
The Patriots will host the Texans in the regular-season opener on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Will Anderson spill some of the Texans’ secrets? Probably. Some say that this was the only reason the team signed him. Anderson knows a lot about the Texans, and this could help New England to win the game.
It will be interesting to see Anderson meet his former teammates. We can only wait and see if Belichick will manage to use some of his tactics and win.