Stephen Anderson

Arizona Cardinals
Tight End #89
Arizona Cardinals
Tight End #89

Stephen Anderson News

Not on injury report

Anderson (illness) is absent from the Cardinals' injury report ahead of Sunday's regular-season finale against the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Anderson is coming off a one-game absence due to an illness. His absence from the injury report indicates his health is back up to par. Barring any setbacks, he is on track to resume his usual role providing depth at tight end.

Jan 4, 2023 6:31 PM EST

Not playing Sunday

Anderson (illness) is out Sunday against the Falcons, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Analysis: Anderson was a latch scratch for Week 17 and not on the team's inactive list. In his absence, Maxx Williams may see a slight uptick in snaps.

Jan 1, 2023 10:21 AM EST

Records two catches in win

Anderson recorded two receptions for seven yards in Monday's 27-13 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Zach Ertz (knee) was sidelined for the third game in a row, but Anderson's pair of receptions Monday were his first since the Cardinals' top tight end suffered his season-ending injury. While Ertz is on the mend, rookie Trey McBride appears poised to dominate the playing time at tight end. Anderson has played 36 snaps on offense in total since Ertz exited the lineup.

Dec 14, 2022 1:21 PM EST

More snaps on tap without Ertz

Anderson is in line for more usage with Zach Ertz (knee) out indefinitely, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Following Ertz's early exit Sunday at the Rams, Anderson easily earned his largest snap share of the campaign, settling at 37 percent of the offensive plays. Anderson saw his first target since Week 2 and has just one catch (on two targets) for two yards through 10 games this season. As such, Anderson's impact likely will be minimal, especially with rookie second-round pick Trey McBride set to take on most of the pass-catching work at tight end in place of Ertz.

Nov 14, 2022 8:50 PM EST

Remains limited on offense

Anderson played three of the Cardinals' 70 snaps on offense and wasn't targeted Sunday in the team's 34-26 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Anderson has been active in all eight of the Cardinals' games this season, but he's played double-digit snaps on offense on just one occasion and has one reception to his name. He remains firmly behind Zach Ertz and Trey McBride on the depth chart at tight end, and Anderson's outlook is unlikely to improve unless one of the former two players misses time for any reason.

Nov 2, 2022 9:57 AM EST

Re-signs with Arizona

The Cardinals re-signed Anderson on Wednesday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Anderson was released by the Cardinals ahead of Tuesday's 53-man roster deadline but has returned to the team on a standard contract after Arizona made a number of roster moves. The 29-year-old tight end appeared in 17 game for the Chargers last season, catching 16 of 19 targets for 165 yards and a score. With Zach Ertz (calf) and Maxx Williams (knee) questionable for Week 1, Anderson may begin the season as the top backup behind rookie second-round pick Trey McBride.

Sep 2, 2022 8:29 AM EST

Cut by Cards

Arizona released Anderson on Tuesday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Anderson failed to secure a depth role on the Cardinals' initial 53-man roster, but that doesn't preclude him from reuniting with the team at a later date. Through 17 games with the Chargers last year, Anderson logged 16 receptions (19 targets) for 165 yards and a touchdown.

Aug 31, 2022 4:47 AM EST

Signs with Arizona

Anderson signed a contract with the Cardinals on Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals official site reports.

Analysis: Anderson had 16 receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown across 17 appearances for the Chargers last season and has totaled 60 catches for 706 yards and three scores since joining the league as an undrafted free agent with Houston in 2016. He's expected to offer depth behind Zach Ertz and Maxx Williams, though he could garner a bigger role depending on how well Williams' ACL recovery goes during the offseason.

Apr 4, 2022 1:31 PM EST

Plays all 17 games in 2021

Anderson caught 16 of 19 targets for 165 yards and one touchdown across 17 appearances during the 2021 campaign.

Analysis: Anderson primarily operated as the No. 3 tight end, but both Jared Cook and Donald Parham missed multiple games during the season, so he saw increased roles periodically throughout the year. However, he still wasn't able to crack fantasy relevancy with them out. All three of the aforementioned tight ends will be free agents this offseason, so rookie Tre' McKitty could jump to the top of the depth chart if the Chargers chose not to re-sign any of their top three tight ends.

Jan 24, 2022 1:30 PM EST

Catches one pass

Anderson caught his lone target for eight yards in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: With both Jared Cook (illness) and Donald Parham (concussion) out for the contest, Anderson filled in as the Chargers' No. 1 tight end. The veteran shared tight end duties with rookie Tre' McKitty, as he played 78 percent of the team's offensive snaps while McKitty played 52 percent of snaps. It was McKitty, however, who was more involved in the passing game, seeing three targets to Anderson's one. Parham remains on injured reserve, so if Cook is not activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list in time for Week 18, Anderson will likely see a similar workload in a game against the Raiders.

Jan 5, 2022 6:19 AM EST

Poised for Week 17 start

Anderson and Tre'McKitty are left as the Chargers' healthy tight ends for Sunday's game against the Broncos after Jared Cook (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, per Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register.

Analysis: The Chargers have ruled Cook out for Sunday, and No. 2 Donald Parham (concussion) is already on injured reserve. Anderson is more skilled as a pass catcher than the typical No. 3 tight end, but he's also undersized at 6-3, 230 pounds, potentially setting up a timeshare with McKitty. There is some fantasy appeal for deeper leagues, with Anderson doing well on his limited opportunities this season (15-157-1 on 18 targets in 15 games).

Dec 31, 2021 5:01 PM EST

Two receptions Week 16

Anderson caught both his targets for 34 yards during Sunday's 41-29 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: Anderson played 35 percent of the offense snaps as he continues to operate as the Chargers' No. 2 tight end. The 28-year-old has 15 receptions for 157 yards and one touchdown this season.

Dec 28, 2021 6:42 PM EST

Records one catch in loss

Anderson was targeted once and recorded one catch for 12 yards during Thursday's overtime loss 34-28 to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Anderson saw a season-high 37 offensive snaps after Donald Parham was carted off the field early in the game with a serious head injury. The 28-year-old tight end hasn't seen much NFL action since his most productive season with the Texans in 2017, serving as a third option behind Jared Cook and Parham for the Chargers. In Parham's absence, Justin Herbert primarily looked towards veteran tight end Cook, who recorded seven targets in the game. Anderson has only tallied 13 catches on the season, but should Parham miss time, there will be additional opportunities at tight end. Anderson will most likely split these additional snaps with fourth-option Tre' McKitty, which will limit his upside.

Dec 17, 2021 1:04 PM EST

Targeted twice

Anderson caught two of two targets for 18 yards in Sunday's loss to the Broncos 28-13.

Analysis: Anderson only saw six of 82 snaps after coming off of two games with no targets. This is just the fourth-string tight end's third game with at least two catches. Primarily Anderson has been a factor on special teams, and with the continual rise of rookie third-round pick Tre' McKitty, it's possible the backup tight end could be phased out of the offense altogether.

Nov 30, 2021 11:17 AM EST

Zero production in loss

Anderson did not receive a target in Sunday's 27-20 loss against Minnesota.

Analysis: Anderson mostly played special team snaps Sunday as he was only on the field for seven of 59 offensive snaps. The third-string tight end was unable to continue his momentum from last week's breakout game against Philadelphia where he caught all four passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. For the remainder of the season, look for Anderson to continue playing behind veteran Jared Cook and the emerging Donald Parham.

Nov 16, 2021 10:25 AM EST

Surprisingly successful outing

Anderson caught all four of his targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: The Chargers opted for a ton of three tight-end sets which prompted a lot of usage for Anderson, Jared Cook and Donald Parham. It's hard to imagine the sixth-year tight end really factoring into the offense more frequently considering Sunday's totals accounted for essentially half of his total production this season.

Nov 8, 2021 4:16 PM EST

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

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