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Patriots place Jacob Hollister on injured reserve, signs Stephen Anderson

Jacob Hollister, Stephen Anderson

It’s been a busy Tuesday for the New England Patriots. Apart from plotting their game plan and practicing for the upcoming showdown with the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Divisional Round, the defending conference champions have also made some roster adjustments, including the placement of tight end Jacob Hollister on injured reserve and the signing of another tight end in Stephen Anderson, per Nora Princiotti of The Boston Globe.

#Patriots placed TE Jacob Hollister on IR and signed TE Stephen Anderson off the practice squad to the 53-man roster. That left them with two empty practice squad spots, which they filled with DB A.J. Howard and OL Dan Skipper.

Hollister was signed by the Patriots to a three-year deal worth $1.675 million in 2017, but he struggled to remain healthy this season. He appeared in only eight games in the 2018 regular season and only had 52 receiving yards on four catches and five targets.

Taking over Hollister’s spot on the Patriots’ 53-man roster is Anderson, who spent the entire duration of the regular season honing his craft on the team’s practice squad. Before hooking up with New England last September, Anderson played two seasons for the Houston Texans, where he collected a total of 435 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 36 receptions and 71 targets.

Anderson is not expected to play a significant role this coming weekend in the Chargers game, but he offers insurance to the team in case Rob Gronkowski gets hurt.