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In Reserve Role, Anderson Stayed Prepared

Posted Jan 17, 2012

You might have missed David Anderson last season. Maybe that's because he was one of eight and sometimes nine wide receivers on the roster. Anderson is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

You might have missed David Anderson last season.

The 5-10, 193-pound wide receiver did not exactly stand out from the crowd in his eight-week stint with the Redskins.

Maybe that’s because the Redskins carried eight and sometimes nine wide receivers on the roster at varying points last season.

Anderson, a 6-year veteran, served in a reserve role with the Redskins, helping the team through a difficult midseason stretch when Santana Moss was sidelined with a fractured hand.

He played in four games overall, was deactivated in four others, and finished with six catches for 70 yards and one touchdown.

“I came in here realizing that there was going to be an opportunity and that I just had to make the most of it,” Anderson said. “I just stayed prepared. Coach [Kyle Shanahan] once told me, ‘You can only catch the balls that they throw to you.’ So I just prepare that way and whatever ball comes my way, grab it.”

Anderson joined the Redskins on Nov. 8, signing a one-year deal. He had played for the Houston Texans the first seven weeks of the season.

A 2006 seventh-round draft pick by the Texans, he has 88 career catches for 965 yards and four touchdowns.

Despite playing in relative obscurity in Washington, Anderson did have a couple memorable catches.

He made a diving grab of a 23-yard pass from Rex Grossman to help set up a touchdown in the Redskins’ 27-24 loss to Dallas in Week 11. And he caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Grossman in a 34-27 loss to New England in Week 14.

Anderson already had a strong rapport with Grossman before he came to Washington. The two played together with the Texans in 2009.

“We always used to dominate the scout team,” Anderson laughed. “So I have a feel for him. It doesn’t take too long to establish [a rapport]. Once you’ve been in the NFL for six years, you have seen a lot of different balls – left-handed, right-handed, sidearm, short quarterbacks, tall quarterbacks – and I’ve pretty much seen it all.”

Anderson is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

He didn't spend his time with the Redskins auditioning for a job next season, though. That would have been hard to do anyway given that he was inactive the final three games.

“You just want to come in, play football and control what you can,” he said. “That’s what I’ve learned in this business. You play the best you can week-in and week-out. Sometimes you get more opportunities, sometimes you get less, but that’s something you can’t control. So it’s just a matter of effort.”

He indicated he would like to return for another season in Washington.

“I like the Redskins, I like the organization – and I think I look really good in the jerseys,” he laughed.

He added: “It’s a great team, and this team will be successful. Obviously this is not the year, but I would think anyone would want to be on this team and realize they’re on the up and up.”



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