Stephen Anderson hopes to win Patriots’ trust

AP

Stephen Anderson spent last season with the Patriots, but he didn’t get a chance to actually play in any games.

Anderson signed to the practice squad in early September and remained there for the entire regular season before being added to the active roster in January. Anderson was inactive for New England’s playoff contests, but has a chance to do more this year.

Rob Gronkowski’s retirement and Benjamin Watson‘s four-game suspension have opened the door for Anderson, Matt LaCosse and others to earn playing time in 2019. Anderson has been around the team long enough to know what has to happen for him to get that time.

“There’s a lot of opportunity,” Anderson said, via the Providence Journal. “But they want to see people that they can trust. If you’re going to be on the field with Tom, then they’re going to have to trust you. So, I’ve got to make sure my assignments are right. I’ve got to make sure I’m in the right spot when I need to be. I’ve got to make sure I’m playing a role on special teams. But yes, in general, there’s a lot of opportunity.”

Anderson caught 36 passes for 435 yards and two touchdowns in 28 games for the Texans in 2016 and 2017.

7 responses to “Stephen Anderson hopes to win Patriots’ trust

  1. These young guys need to step up early on if they want to stay on the active rosters after Thanksgiving. That’s when Gronk will be back…

  2. If Pats stay at 4 TEs again all these guys could see field time as they have 5 but that includes Watson who’ll miss Sept. But I think they do 2019 with 3, likely to be LaCosse, Watson and Anderson. Beck just got Pats’ highest UDFA contract and likely a lock for PS. Izzo may be around for just Sept unles one of the others is injured in preseason, always a poss. That 4th spot instead goes to an extra RB or FB (note FB Develin has talked about doing a little TE).

  3. I’m going to miss not seeing Gronk on the field missing tackles playing defense when the game is on the line. Great strategy by Belichick.

  4. vaphinfan says:

    I’m going to miss not seeing Gronk on the field missing tackles playing defense when the game is on the line. Great strategy by Belichick.

    Somehow us Pats fans got over it.

  5. vaphinfan says:
    June 12, 2019 at 10:03 am

    I’m going to miss not seeing Gronk on the field missing tackles playing defense when the game is on the line. Great strategy by Belichick.
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    The best part about that play was that it had absolutely no impact on the NFL season other than to drop the Dolphins lower in the draft.

  6. vaphinfan says:
    June 12, 2019 at 10:03 am
    I’m going to miss not seeing Gronk on the field missing tackles playing defense when the game is on the line. Great strategy by Belichick.

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    Yeah, a HOF TE with 3 rings retiring on a high note is just awful. How can Pats fans turn back the clock and make it better in your eyes as a Dolphins fan? Overpay for Charles Clay or Fasano or whatever losers you’ve had at TE for years and years?

    bawahah

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