2016 Houston Texans Player Profile: Stephen Anderson

A closer look at the Houston Texans roster heading into the 2016 training camp.

The Rundown

A walk-on at Cal, Stephen Anderson became a go to target for top overall selection Jared Goff. Anderson, in his junior season, had 46 receptions for 661 yards with five touchdowns and, in his final season, 41 receptions for 474 yards and two touchdowns. He is able to hold his own as a receiver and that alone made him an intriguing player coming out of Cal. 


Anderson is the true definition of a tweener. He has the ability to be a pass catching threat but is too small to be an inline tight end and not fast enough to be a wide receiver. The Texans will have to get creative with Anderson and how to use him. Most importantly, the rookie is going to have to buy into blocking. He will not need to be a monster, moving people out of the way, but he will have to be able to handle his duties. The Texans are looking for a trustworthy pass catcher at the tight end position and they can make it work with Anderson but he will have to be a complimentary piece his rookie season. He will also have to catch up to the speed and strength of the NFL, which could be some reason to temper expectations early on Anderson. 

Roster Situation: The 53-man roster is a realistic goal for Anderson. If he continues to build on what he did when he arrived, he will be there. 


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