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Patriots reportedly sign ex-Texans tight end Stephen Anderson to the practice squad

In three days the New England Patriots will open their 2018 regular season against the Houston Texans. The Patriots’ week one opponent is a familiar one: led by head coach and former New England offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien Eric Rowe Jersey , Houston bears close resemblance to the team when it comes to scheme. This is not the only reason for familiarity, though, as the two clubs have also crossed paths multiple times in the past.One of the men to appear in the last three meetings between the Texans and Patriots is tight end Stephen Anderson. Now, it looks like the 25-year old will experience the matchup between the two clubs from the other side. According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, New England has signed Anderson to its practice squad:Appearing in a combined 30 games over the course of his career, Anderson registered 36 catches for 435 yards and a pair of touchdowns since joining the Texans as an undrafted rookie in 2016 and also regularly appeared on special teams. With both Ryan Izzo and Will Tye having been placed on season-ending injured reserve as part of final roster cutdowns, New England will now use the Cal product as a fourth depth tight end.With Anderson on board, the Patriots will have to make a corresponding roster move as the team currently has all 10 of its practice squad spots filled:[UPDATE] Anderson will fill McCarron’s spot on the practice squad, with the wideout getting promoted to the active roster to fill the vacant spot created by Duke Dawson getting placed on injured reserve.Long snapper Joe Cardona receives the Patriots’ 2018 Ron Burton Community Service Award It is a good offseason to be Joe Cardona. Not only did the New England Patriots’ long snapper sign a four-year Cheap Tom Brady Jersey , $4.31 million contract extension in June, he also received the team’s Ron Burton Community Service Award yesterday: during the organization’s annual season premiere on the Gillette Stadium field, Cardona was presented with the award honoring his involvement and work with the local community.“Joe is a Patriot in the highest sense of the word, on and off the field,” team owner Robert Kraft said during the event. “Service to others is of principal importance to him, first to our country, as well as to our team and to our community. This past offseason, Joe went on a two-week training session to South Korea with the United States Navy Reserves. He serves his country and his team honorably and still manages to contribute by volunteering to serve and support many of our team’s community initiatives.”As Kraft noted, Cardona is an active service member as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the United States Navy. During the Patriots’ offseason and once a week when the season is underway , the 26-year old works for the Navy – all while also being a part of New England’s practice and workout routines. The double duty does not handicap him in any way: Cardonaappeared in all 56 games since getting drafted in the fifth-round in 2015 and helped the Patriots win Super Bowl LI along the way.Cardona is the 16th player to receive the award, named after former Patriots running back Ron Burton. He joins a group consisting of Jordan Richards (2017), Rob Gronkowski (2016), Nate Solder (2015), Devin McCourty (2014), Matthew Slater (2013), Zoltan Mesko (2012), Jerod Mayo (2011), Vince Wilfork (2010) , Kevin Faulk (2009), Larry Izzo (2008), Ty Warren (2007), Jarvis Green (2006), Matt Light (2005), Troy Brown (2004) and Joe Andruzzi (2003).

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