With Andre Johnson sidelined with a groin injury, David Anderson seized his opportunity to make an impression on the coaches and did not disappoint. He finished with six catches for 67 yards and an excellent touchdown catch toe tapping the sideline in the second quarter.
“It never becomes old to get into the endzone, that’s for sure.” Anderson said. “I felt like I kicked the pylon, so I know if I touch that then I’m in”
He might not be Chad Johnson or T.O., but Anderson sure likes to celebrate his touchdowns. It doesn’t matter to him that this was a meaningless preseason game.
“People always say celebrate like you’ve been there before, but I say celebrate like you’re never going to get there again.” Anderson said.
Anderson started in the three wide sets for the Texans on Saturday night and worked through the 3rd quarter with the first and second team. He is enjoying an outstanding training camp and has earned the praise of 3rd year head coach Gary Kubiak.
“I think he has a chance to be special.” Kubiak said of Anderson. “He’s tough, he understands the game, our quarterbacks trust him, our players love him. He’s just a good football player”
Rookies in their first preseason generally play the game on athleticism alone. Because they learn the playbook in only a few months time, they cannot rely on knowledge of the game to make plays. Anderson, however, is in his third year in Kubiak’s system and is showing some more confidence in his game.
“My first year was making sure you don’t make any mistakes; last year was trying to learn as much as I could.” Anderson said of his past preseasons. “This year, I think I know the offense pretty well, enough to make up when something is wrong but comfortable enough to where you can just go out there and make plays.”
Despite his smallish figure, Anderson showed his ability to make plays. He plays with a lot of toughness, reminiscent of former Jets wide out Wayne Chrebet. With the strides Anderson has made this year, he could push for significant playing time.
“If he continues at the pace he is going,” Kubiak said “he’s going to play a lot for this football team. Very, very impressive young man.”
Hopefully ocho nueve can do some more celebrating when the bullets fly in September.