Anderson caught 25 passes for 342 yards and one touchdown last year. As Bleacher Report notes, he moves like a big receiver, which creates matchup problems for defenses. B/R added, "His route running has developed, and he looks like a top tight end in terms of separation. He had issues with drops and making adjustments on the fly, but he was mostly working with backup quarterbacks." When all was said and done, Anderson ranked third on the Texans in receiving yards, and, as SBNation.com suggests, was the only somewhat consistent receiving option at tight end in 2017.
Anderson is more of a slot receiver than an every-down tight end. Specifically, his shortcomings as a blocker keep him off the field in running situations.
2018 Bottom Line
With the team drafting a pair of TEs in April, Jordan Aikens in the third round and Jordan Thomas in the sixth, to go with Ryan Griffin. All three are bigger-bodied players than Anderson, who at best will be the second option to Griffin. That secondary role will likely relegate Anderson to DFS bargain-basement fodder barring a significant change of circumstances.