Stephen Anderson

New England Patriots
Tight End #89
New England Patriots
Tight End #89

Stephen Anderson News

Back with Bolts

Anderson re-signed with the Chargers on Monday.

Analysis: Anderson will return for a third straight season with the Chargers. Hunter Henry's departure could open up increased depth opportunities for Anderson, though Jared Cook and Donald Parham should both be a notch above him in the tight end pecking order.

Mar 22, 2021 12:36 PM EST

Does not receive tender

The Chargers have opted not to tender Anderson as a restricted free agent, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Although Anderson was not tendered, the Chargers are still hopeful they can bring him back. He recorded 106 yards on eight receptions across 16 games in 2020.

Mar 13, 2021 7:23 AM EST

Nets 52 yards in win

Anderson caught all three of his targets for 52 yards in Sunday's 38-21 win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: The little-used tight end once again put together a commendable performance with Hunter Henry on the reserve/COVID-19 list, nearly doubling his season totals in receiving. A restricted free agent this offseason, it's entirely possible the Chargers could opt to bring back Anderson to pair as depth with Donald Parham, and the two could be pushed into an even more prominent role in the event the Chargers are unable to come to a long-term deal with Henry, who played the 2020 season on a franchise tag.

Jan 3, 2021 9:50 PM EST

Makes impact in win

Anderson caught four of six targets for 48 yards in Sunday's 19-16 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: With Hunter Henry on the COVID-19 list, Anderson emerged as a surprising threat at tight end, with his 23-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter helping to set up a field goal. The 27-year-old only had two targets all season coming into Sunday, but if Henry is forced to miss the Chargers' finale as well, Anderson might be productive again in Week 17 against a Kansas City team that could be resting key personnel after clinching the AFC's No. 1 seed.

Dec 27, 2020 7:47 PM EST

Secures first catch

Anderson caught one of two targets for six yards during Sunday's loss to New England.

Analysis: It's the first time all season the 27-year-old has been targeted, and he took advantage with his first catch since 2017. Anderson should continue to fill a reserve role at tight end behind Hunter Henry and Donald Parham.

Dec 8, 2020 5:40 PM EST

Signs reserve/future contract

Anderson signed a reserve/future contract with the Chargers on Monday.

Analysis: Anderson spent the majority of the season on the Chargers' practice squad. He was activated for one game, but only played on special teams. The 26-year-old tight end has spent time with the Chargers, Patriots and Texans during his tenure in the league.

Dec 30, 2019 8:50 PM EST

Remaining with Chargers

Anderson signed to the Chargers' practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Anderson was waived by the Chargers on Saturday but will remain with the organization after going unclaimed on waivers. The 26-year-old played five snaps on special teams during his lone game with the team, but had 25 catches for 342 yards and one touchdown with the Texans in 2017.

Oct 16, 2019 7:35 PM EST

Waived by Chargers

Anderson was designated for waivers by the Chargers on Saturday.

Analysis: Anderson had been a non-factor for Los Angeles in the early going. The 26-year-old tight end, in a Week 5 loss to the Broncos, saw five snaps on special teams but had not played a single down before that. He'll now hit the open market, in search of a new NFL home.

Oct 12, 2019 2:38 PM EST

Rises to active roster

Anderson was promoted to the Chargers' active roster Tuesday.

Analysis: Anderson signed with the Chargers' practice squad after Hunter Henry (knee) was injured. The team's injury woes continued when Sean Culkin tore his Achilles and Virgil Green suffered a nagging groin injury, so Anderson will get his chance on the 53-man roster. If Green is unable to return for Sunday's game versus the Broncos, Anderson will fill in as the team's No. 2 tight end behind Lance Kendricks.

Oct 1, 2019 1:13 PM EST

Finds new practice squad

The Chargers signed Anderson to their practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: This could serve as a tryout for Anderson since Chargers No. 1 TE Hunter Henry (knee) is facing another lengthy recovery. The team has just two healthy tight ends -- Virgil Green and Sean Culkin -- on the active roster, so Anderson could be promoted for depth ahead of Week 2's matchup with the Lions.

Sep 11, 2019 2:38 PM EST

Done in New England

Anderson was cut by the Patriots' practice squad Monday, Zack Cox of NESN reports.

Analysis: Anderson was unable to make the 53-man roster out of camp in New England, and will have to look for an opportunity elsewhere. The California product would look to and depth at the position at the practice squad level or otherwise.

Sep 9, 2019 3:40 PM EST

Joins Patriots' practice squad

The Patriots have signed Anderson to their practice squad.

Analysis: Per Mike Reiss of,Anderson, who had been dealing with an undisclosed injury, was at practice Sunday, signifying that health didn't play a part in his being let go during roster cut-downs. With Ben Watson suspended for the first four games of the season and Lance Kendricks also slated to serve a one game ban out of the gate, the Patriots are poised to roll with Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo in Week 1. For now, Anderson provides the team with some in-house depth at the position.

Sep 1, 2019 7:30 PM EST

Gets cut by New England

The Patriots waived Anderson (undisclosed) on Saturday, Zack Cox of reports.

Analysis: Even with fellow tight ends Benjamin Watson and Lance Kendricks both facing suspensions to begin the season, Anderson was unable to secure a roster spot over Matt LaCosse or Ryan Izzo, the last two men left standing in the position group heading into Week 1. Anderson didn't help his case for winning a spot by getting hurt during the preseason, though it's unclear if the unspecified injury he's tending to is a long-term concern. He could latch on elsewhere as a depth tight end if he can pass a physical.

Aug 31, 2019 10:04 AM EST

Exits game with injury

Anderson suffered an undisclosed injury during Thursday's 10-3 preseason win over the Panthers, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Anderson recorded one catch for three yards before exiting Thursday's game. He suffered an undisclosed injury on a blocking play in the first half, then returned to the sideline during the final two quarters without retaking the field. The nature and severity of his injury remain undisclosed, and if Anderson isn't able to resume practicing soon he could find his chances of making the 53-man roster marginalized.

Aug 23, 2019 10:10 AM EST

Unlikely to play Thursday

Anderson (undisclosed) isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers, Doug Kyed of NESN reports.

Analysis: Anderson has been battling the undisclosed issue for nearly two weeks, so it's not a major surprise to see him sitting out the third preseason contest. Matt LaCosse (ankle) also isn't expected to play since he just returned from his injury.

Aug 22, 2019 8:31 AM EST

Limited at Monday's practice

Anderson (undisclosed) was limited at Monday's practice, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: With Matt LaCosse dealing with a lower-leg issue and Lance Kendricks (undisclosed) still limited, Anderson's unspecified injury taxes the Patriots depth at tight end further. With that in mind, it's understandable that the team acquired Eric Saubert from the Falcons on Monday.

Aug 12, 2019 8:56 AM EST

Added to active roster

The Patriots promoted Anderson to the 53-man roster Tuesday.

Analysis: Anderson joined New England's practice squad after being waived by the Texans during final roster cuts. With tight end Jacob Hollister (hamstring) on injured reserve, Anderson will provide depth behind Rob Gronkowski.

Jan 8, 2019 5:36 PM EST

Headed to New England

Anderson has joined the Patriots' practice squad, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Anderson, who was let go by the Texans last Friday, joins the Patriots as the team's season opener against his former team approaches. Aside from potentially offering insight into some of Houston's tendencies on offense, the 25-year-old will bolster the Patriots' tight end depth behind Rob Gronkowski. Anderson logged 25 catches for 342 yards and a TD in 15 games last year.

Sep 6, 2018 12:35 PM EST

Let go by Houston

Anderson was waived by the Texans on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Anderson, despite setting career highs in catches (25), yards (342) and snaps (441) with the Texans in 2017, was unable to secure a spot on the Texans' 53-man roster. Houston drafted a pair of tight ends in the 2018 NFL Draft -- Jordan Akins (third round) and Jordan Thomas (sixth round) -- and seems confident in their rookies to back up starter Ryan Griffin. Anderson will become an unrestricted free agent if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

Aug 31, 2018 1:19 PM EST

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