The New England Patriots made four roster moves on a busy Tuesday.
The team placed tight end Jacob Hollister on the injured reserve. Hollister has battled a hamstring injury all season and also missed time with a chest injury. He finishes the season with 4 catches for 52 yards in 8 games. Hollister played more snaps on special teams (97) than he did on offense (59).
The Patriots will replace Hollister by promoting practice squad tight end Stephen Anderson to the active roster. Anderson is a 6’3, 230-pound receiving tight end that picked up 435 receiving yards with the Texans from 2016-17. He has spent the entire season on the Patriots practice squad. He has experience on special teams and could add another target to the New England offense.
New England also made two roster moves on the practice squad, signing defensive back A.J. Howard and offensive lineman Dan Skipper. Howard is a 5’11, 203-pound rookie that spent the offseason with the Arizona Cardinals and the regular season on the New York Giants’ practice squad. Skipper is a 6’9, 317-pound sophomore that has spent time on the Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, and Denver Broncos.
We hope that Hollister has a speedy recovery, that Anderson is able to contribute in the playoffs, and that Howard and Skipper are able to help at practice.
The Patriots also signed offensive lineman Jake Eldrenkamp to a futures deal today, according to the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta. Eldrenkamp entered the league as an undrafted free agent signing by the Los Angeles Rams last year, but has yet to appear in an NFL game.