There are always names that come out of nowhere to surprise during training camp and rookie tight end Stephen Anderson continues to impress. Anderson was well known in the draft world for being top overall selection, Jared Goff’s, target at Cal. Now, Anderson is turning into a target who Brock Osweiler is trusting more and more as camp carries on.
“As an undrafted rookie, you definitely have to show maturity,” said Anderson. “You have to show that you can play with these guys out here, show that you know your job, show that you can catch the ball, show that the coaches can trust you, because that’s a big thing.”
The Texans kept a close eye on Anderson through the draft process. There were questions about his weight and then he didn’t run at the NFL Combine. Questions started mounting. But as the draft process unfolded, the Texans spent some time with Anderson. The team met with him at the NFL Combine and liked what they saw from Anderson at his pro day. The Texans ended up with a draftable grade on him, so as the draft progressed, the Texans had no picks left after the fifth round and had to sit and wait to see if some other would take Anderson.
As someone close to the situation mentioned to us about Anderson, "We waited, watched the draft for the final two rounds and hoped he would make it to us as a free agent."
Numerous phone calls were placed to Anderson over the final day of the draft to make sure the Texans knew were Anderson was. Most importantly to tell him he was wanted in Houston.
Out of picks and now hoping 90 picks would pass without hearing his name called, the Texans saw six tight ends picked before the end of the draft. Keeping close tabs on Anderson, phone calls were made to bring him to Houston. The Texans had luck on their side. Now, Anderson is in Texans training camp and the rest is history.
Anderson knows how fragile the league is and how important every rep is for a player in his position.
Anderson explained. “If they’re going to put you out there with only ten other people on the field at one time, you just have to show them they can trust me and that I can do my job consistently.”