New England Patriots

The New England Patriots have made a series of transactions ahead of this Sunday’s playoff meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers, including placing tight end Jacob Hollister on injured reserve and promoting tight end Stephen Anderson to the team’s 53-man roster.

Hollister’s season comes to an end after just eight appearances, and without a catch since Nov. 11 against the Titans. Overall, the 6-foot-4 Hollister caught four of his five targets for a total of 52 receiving yards.

The 25-year-old Anderson’s prior NFL experience came with the Houston Texans from 2016 through 2017, with 28 regular-season games (and five starts) over two seasons. In Houston, the 6-foot-3 tight end totaled 36 receptions for 435 yards and two touchdowns. Anderson also appeared in two 2016 postseason contests, but did not accrue any statistics.

Released by the Texans on Sept. 1, Anderson was signed to New England’s practice squad on Sept. 6, 2018.

Elsewhere on the roster, defensive back A.J. Howard and offensive lineman Dan Skipper were signed to the practice squad.

Howard spent this season with the Cardinals and Giants prior to signing with the Patriots’ practice squad, and played his college football at¬†Appalachian State. Skipper, meanwhile, is a 6-foot-9 offensive lineman that has appeared in one NFL game since breaking into the league in 2017. He spent this season on the practice squads of the Lions and Broncos.

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