The Texans will be facing Rams quarterback Jared Goff for the first time on Sunday, with the exception of Stephen Anderson. The Texans tight end caught passes from Goff during his collegiate career at the University of California, Berkeley. The two still keep in touch – Anderson says he even texted Goff after the Rams traded for wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
"I texted him right after that," Anderson said on Texans Radio. "I keep in touch with my class, who came out that year. (There were) a bunch of people who are on practice squads or 53-man (rosters) right now. We keep in touch, see how everyone is doing and share our personal stories."
Goff, selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, has led the Rams to a 6-2 record while averaging the most points per game of any team in the NFL (32.9). The Rams went from worst to first in scoring from 2016 to 2017. Anderson isn't surprised by the struggles or the success. Knowing Goff, it was a matter of time before everything was clicking.
"Jared has shown a lot of improvement from last season to this season," Anderson said. "Rams are doing really good right now. I always told people that when he was a rookie. He was young and seeing Jared how he went at Cal, what he needed to do was get comfortable, get comfortable with his teammates, with the system. I talked to him. He really likes his head coach, his teammates and they got him Sammy Watkins."
Anderson visited Goff this offseason during a trip back to California. The two exchanged jerseys too, so that won't be happening after Sunday's game between the Rams and Texans.
"He's (Goff) got the rest of his Cal teammates jerseys hanging up at his house in L.A. and I've been there and seen all that," Anderson said. "I have his hung up at my place too."
Anderson finished his career at Cal with 101 receptions for 1,260 yards receiving and touchdown receptions, all which came during his final three seasons with Goff.
The Texans and Rams will kickoff off their Week 10 game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 3:05 p.m. CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.
Check out shots from Wednesday's practice as the Texans prepare for Sunday's game in Los Angeles against the Rams.