Anderson re-signed with the Chargers on Monday. 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 both are a notch above him in the tight end pecking order.
The Chargers have opted not to tender Anderson as a restricted free agent, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. 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.
Anderson caught all three of his targets for 52 yards in Sunday's 38-21 win over the Chiefs. The little-used tight end again put together a commendable performance with Hunter Henry on the reserve/COVID-19 list, nearly doubling his season total in receiving yards. 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.
Anderson caught four of six targets for 48 yards in Sunday's 19-16 win over the Broncos. 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 had only 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.
Anderson caught one of two targets for six yards during Sunday's loss to New England. 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.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@Washington Football Team||9||6.47|
|3||09/26||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||9.68|
|4||10/04||Las Vegas Raiders||15||7.13|
|8||10/31||New England Patriots||6||6.13|
|14||12/12||New York Giants||10||6.63|
|15||12/16||Kansas City Chiefs||30||9.68|
|18||01/09||@Las Vegas Raiders||15||7.13|
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|3 Year Avg||6||4||53||0||4||13.25||5|