Anderson (undisclosed) was limited at Monday's practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
With Matt LaCosse dealing with a lower-leg issue and Lance Kendricks (undisclosed) also 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.
The Patriots promoted Anderson to the 53-man roster Tuesday.
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.
Anderson has joined the Patriots' practice squad, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
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.
Anderson was waived by the Texans on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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 the team seems confident enough in its rookies to back up starter Ryan Griffin. Anderson will become an unrestricted free agent if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Anderson will be challenged to be the top backup to Ryan Griffin at tight end, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Texans drafted a pair tight ends -- Jordan Akins in the third round and Jordan Thomas in the sixth -- so the team is certainly looking closely at the position. Houston had good production out of their tight ends in 2016, but injuries limited their impact in 2017. Anderson had a run as the starter late in the season but saw his snaps diminish each week. Blocking has been a weakness for him, and if Anderson can't protect Deshaun Watson, his spot as the backup is susceptible to a challenge by either rookie.
Anderson finished the 2017 season with career highs in catches (25), targets (52), yards (342) and snaps (441).
Concussion issues for Ryan Griffin and C.J. Fiedorowicz led to Anderson being the lone healthy tight end over the final five games of the season. That jacked up his offensive snaps, but he was unable to make an impact with the opportunity. Some of that had to do with inferior quarterback play, but his snap count decreased in each successive game, going from a season high of 68 in Week 13 to bottoming out at 22 in Week 17. His strength is receiving, so with sketchy quarterback play, Anderson was not in a position to succeed, and his talents as a blocker aren't up to snuff. The second-year tight end is expected to be back with the team in 2018. However, the statuses of Griffin and Fiedorowicz -- each have had multiple concussions -- are uncertain. If the Texans move on from the injured duo, it's likely they'll look for a starting tight end in free agency, keeping Anderson in a backup role.
Anderson was targeted twice and held without a catch in Monday's 34-6 loss to the Steelers.
That's two consecutive games without a catch for Anderson, whose snap count has steadily decreased since he became the lead tight end four weeks ago. He's not the best of blockers, so the Texans often went with extra offensive linemen instead, because they relied on the running game against the Steelers' fifth-ranked passing defense. There could be more opportunities to throw Week 17 against Indianapolis' 30th-ranked passing defense, but there's little confidence that quarterback T.J. Yates can exploit that weakness.
Anderson did not catch any of his three targets in Sunday's 45-7 loss to the Jaguars.
For a third straight week, Anderson was the lone healthy tight end available, but the three targets were his fewest opportunities during that run and fourth on the team overall in Sunday's loss. He'll finish out the season as the starting tight end, but there's not much here for fantasy owners in league playoffs due to shaky quarterback play from T.J. Yates (12-for-31 passing, 48.9 quarterback rating).
Anderson caught two of six targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 26-16 loss to the 49ers.
Anderson is the last tight end standing after Ryan Griffin and C.J. Fiedorowicz have ended up on injured reserve with concussions. The second-year tight end has been targeted 18 times (seven catches) for 95 yards and a touchdown over the last two games. He'll be the starter from here on out, but with shaky quarterback play, Anderson's an iffy proposition for Week 15 against the Jaguars' top-ranked passing defense.
Anderson is in line to start Sunday's game against San Francisco after the Texans placed C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) on injured reserve Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Fiedorowicz joined Ryan Griffin (concussion) on IR, leaving Anderson on tap to handle the bulk of the snaps at tight end for the team's final four games of the season. The second-year player turned a career-high 12 targets in the Week 13 loss to the Titans into five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. A wide receiver during his college days at California, Anderson has the athleticism to offer a major impact in the passing game for Houston, especially with the team's depth at receiver also depleted by injuries.
Anderson caught five of a season-high 12 targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-13 loss to the Titans.
Anderson moved up the target pecking order when C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion), Bruce Ellington (hamstring) and Braxton Miller (concussion) were forced to leave the game. The second-year tight end opened the season third on the depth chart, however, concussions suffered by Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin has resulted in Anderson being the No. 2 tight end most games. Prior to Sunday, his bests were four catches and six targets. We're still not convinced this big week is anything more than an anomaly, but if the receiving corps is thin for Week 14 against the 49ers, Anderson will be the second target behind DeAndre Hopkins.
Anderson caught one of three targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 31-21 win over Arizona.
Anderson's lone catch came on a deep ball early in the fourth quarter that set up a D'Onta Foreman touchdown run. It was the eighth time in nine games that he was held to two catches or fewer. Anderson remains more of a special teams contributor (15 snaps Sunday) than an offensive weapon (13) behind starter C.J. Fiedorowicz.
Anderson caught two of three targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Rams.
Anderson remains an active target for the Texans, who have been dealing with concussion injuries to members of their tight end position group. C.J. Fiedorowicz returned to action Sunday, but Ryan Griffin (concussion) was inactive, leaving Anderson as the team's second tight end for the seventh time in nine games. Given the state of the Tom Savage-led offense, it's hard to believe Anderson will produce at fantasy-worthy levels.
Anderson had 40 offensive snaps and caught four of six targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 20-14 loss to the Colts.
Anderson has been serving as the team's second tight end but was elevated mid-game when Ryan Griffin was pulled due to a concussion. The six targets were a season high and the 44 snaps the most since Week 1. With C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) expected back Week 10, Anderson's time as the lead tight end will soon come to end.
Anderson (concussion) was a full participant at Texans practice Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
It's the first step to passing the league-mandated protocol, and if he illustrates no concussion symptoms, Anderson should be medically cleared to play against the Patriots on Sunday. With Ryan Griffin (concussion) also practicing fully, the Texans could potentially have their top two tight ends back for Week 3.
The Texans hope to have Anderson (concussion) available for Week 3 against New England, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
With C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) on injured reserve, Anderson should have a role on offense once he returns, though the extent of that role largely will depend on Ryan Griffin's recovery from his own concussion. If both Griffin and Anderson are available for Week 3, the latter likely will get more snaps and targets.
The Texans ruled out Anderson (concussion) for Thursday's game in Cincinnati, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Anderson will join C.J. Fiedorowicz (IR, concussion) and Ryan Griffin (concussion) on the inactive list for Week 2, and for as long as each is working his way through the concussion protocol. The Texans only have one healthy tight end (undrafted rookie Evan Baylis) on the 53-man roster, so the passing attack may take a back seat for the time being, especially with Deshaun Watson under center.
Anderson (concussion) is doubtful to play in Thursday's game against the Bengals, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
All three Houston tight ends are in the concussion protocol and are unlikely to play due to it being a short week. As a result, the Texans will likely have to sign additional players before Thursday's contest. Tight end Evan Baylis is currently on their practice squad and could be in line for a spot start.
Anderson suffered a concussion during Houston's 29-7 loss to Jacksonville in Week 1, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. He caught two of five targets for 14 yards before departing.
All thee of Houston's tight ends left Sunday's game due to a concussion, which makes for an interesting week. The Texans return in four days to play the Bengals on the road Thursday. They have Evan Baylis on the practice squad, but they may need to make more than one move to field an adequate number of tight ends.
Anderson caught his lone target for eight yards in Houston's 21-13 loss to San Diego in Week 12.
While Houston's tight ends have been productive this season, there's not enough targets for three of them, so Anderson will have to settle for limited looks after C.J. Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin get attention. Anderson has caught all five balls thrown his way over the past four weeks.
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