Patriots promote Stephen Anderson, place Jacob Hollister on IR

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The Patriots announced Tuesday that they promoted tight end Stephen Anderson from the practice squad. They placed tight end Jacob Hollister on injured reserve in a corresponding move.

Hollister is out with a hamstring injury, which kept him sidelined six games. He missed two other games with a chest injury.

The team’s third tight end played only 59 snaps on offense and caught four passes for 52 yards. He played 97 snaps on special teams in eight games.

Anderson, 25, has spent the season on the Patriots’ practice squad. He played 28 regular-season games and two postseason games with the Texans.

He has 36 catches for 435 yards and two touchdowns in his career.

The Patriots also announced they signed defensive back A.J. Howard and offensive lineman Dan Skipper to the practice squad.

20 responses to “Patriots promote Stephen Anderson, place Jacob Hollister on IR

  1. Great & SMART move to elevate Anderson.
    Hollister was held unto way too long and should of been put on IR back in November.
    Anderson as more experience then Hollister, is healthy and can make some plays since the Chargers will not be game planning for this guy specifically.

    GO PATRIOTS

  2. Man, it’s about freakin’ time!!!! I was wondering when they were gonna do this…..
    I had high hopes for Hollister but the kid can’t stay on the field…. it just seems to be one thing after the next with him…..
    I’m excited to see how he can contribute…..he’s been great on the practice squad so I’ve read….. he kind of a hybrid move TE/WR type player….. could be a great target over the middle…. he’s 6’2” 230…. I see him as a great red zone target for TB12!!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  3. Man, it’s about freakin’ time!!!!

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    His work on the practice squad was “practice.”

    Now he is ready to go.

    I feel a big play in his future.

  4. I don’t understand all the anticipation for a TE that Brady hasn’t seen in a game, since, ever.

    Hell, Brady hasn’t ‘seen’ Hogan, Gronk, or the other whatshisname in recent games…. what makes folks all excited that, in a game of this magnitude, Brady is going to trust an unproven receiver?

    My guess: he’s depth chart / backup material.

  5. I don’t understand all the anticipation for a TE that Brady hasn’t seen in a game, since, ever.

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    Flexibility:

    3 tight ends on the line
    1 stays in to block, 2 on the line
    2 stay in to block for running or passing
    He knows the plays, presumably. Check down option maybe?

  6. Boilerplate. Understood. Practice team. Got it. Knows the plays.

    My point: Brady has a known tendency to only ‘go to’ those who are proven, that he’s confident will make the play.

    He has ignored or not ‘seen’ Hogan, Gronk, and others even when they’ve been open.

    This has been discussed. I don’t see how a practice team player steps into the mix, day one, major game, and he’s elevated to that status.

    I wish him all the best, of course.

  7. “My point: Brady has a known tendency to only ‘go to’ those who are proven, that he’s confident will make the play.”

    Not entirely true. The 2nd half of that equation is he very often gives new guys opportunities, especially if Edelman and Gronk are doubled up and new guy is open. If the new guy makes the catch he gets another opportunity. He blows the first couple with drops or non catches then they drop out of the options quickly.

  8. raymondmac says:
    January 8, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Boilerplate. Understood. Practice team. Got it. Knows the plays.

    My point: Brady has a known tendency to only ‘go to’ those who are proven, that he’s confident will make the play.

    He has ignored or not ‘seen’ Hogan, Gronk, and others even when they’ve been open.

    This has been discussed. I don’t see how a practice team player steps into the mix, day one, major game, and he’s elevated to that status.

    I wish him all the best, of course.

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    100% fact. Brady’s main flaw is the Binky Addiction which started in 2007 with Moss and Welker, losing SB 42 by scoring only 14 pathetic points. HE did it again in SB 46 when Gronk was on one leg, but he still would stare him down hoping he could get open only scoring 17 points, ZERO in the second half, not even a FG.

    This year? He’s been absolutely brutal in the red zone in particular and only in the last game of the year, were the underrated Hogan and Dorsett taregted as 1st reads.

    The Jets never had a chance and SD won’t do to well on Sunday if Brady channels the approach from Week 17.

    We shall see.

  9. revren10 says:
    January 9, 2019 at 12:18 pm
    But who will stretch the field since they traded a 5th away for Josh Gordon?
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    You mean for Josh Gordon & a 7th…..
    Hey, the Josh Gordon ride was fun while it lasted….. they guy has some deep issues he needs to resolve…..REAL SHOCKER THERE….
    It will be a group effort between Hogan, Edelman & Dorsett….

  10. But who will stretch the field since they traded a 5th away for Josh Gordon?
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    Pats have comp picks coming this season.
    Perhaps BB saw a win win in helping this man get his head on right and breaking his demons?
    Either way, you don’t always hit home runs, but you can save a mans life by trying.

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