HOUSTON - Undrafted rookies make their mark every year in the NFL, and this season, the Texans have three that will get their chance to do the same.
Tight end Stephen Anderson, linebacker Brennan Scarlett and defensive end Joel Heath made the final 53-man roster, and as you would expect, their excitement is hard to describe.
“I set a goal to make a team years ago, through all the hard work. So, all of that into one feeling, it was the greatest feeling I ever experienced,” Anderson said on Monday. “All that hard work, all the extra reps, all the making smart decisions, the discipline, it just felt worth it.”
For Anderson, news of making the team came in an unexpected manner.
“I thought it was going to be like, ‘OK, you guys made the team. This is our team for the year.’ But this is a business. This happens every year,” Anderson said. “So, we just had the team meeting and he started talking about Chicago. I went to my position coach (John Perry) and I’m like, ‘Is it official?’ and he was like, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ That’s how I found out.”
Anderson more than earned his spot on the team. His route running impressed the coaches from the very beginning. During the preseason, he had 4 catches for 24 yards and a touchdown.
For Scarlett, the journey has been even more intense. After becoming a star at Stanford at defensive end, he made the transition to linebacker and shined. He notched 10 tackles and 2 sacks during the preseason.
“I think that they obviously believe in me,” Scarlett said. “It helps me a lot too to know that my coaching staff believes in my abilities and what I can do and it just leaves it to me to go out there and work hard and go out there and do it.”
This is the second season in a row the Texans have kept three undrafted rookies heading into the opener.
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