4. Stephen Anderson
Stephen Anderson did not get a chance to prove himself in the offense until Week 16 with Henry on the COVID-19 list. Anderson was such a pleasant surprise in his two games that he actually was the inspiration for this entire article.
Anderson was active for the team in all 16 games but he was reserved for a special teams role for most of the season. Prior to Week 16, Anderson was targeted just twice — both coming in the 45-0 blowout against the New England Patriots.
He then became a legitimate passing target in the final two games. Anderson was targeted six times in Week 16, making four receptions for 48 yards. The highlight of that game was Anderson running over Justin Simmons, which is really hard to do.
He followed it up with another solid showing in Week 17, albeit against the Chiefs’ second unit. Anderson caught all three of his targets for 52 yards and played 61% of the offensive snaps.
Anderson’s strong play makes me feel a lot better about the tight end room heading into 2021 than I was three weeks ago. As long as Henry returns, a three-man core of Henry, Parham and Anderson is really solid and is nothing to really be concerned about.
It does not hurt to add depth in the late rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, but I am confident in saying that the LA Chargers do not need to draft a mid-round difference-maker at tight end, as long as Henry is brought back.