Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
HOUSTON -- David Anderson started the preseason safely ranked as the Texans fifth wide receiver.
His work against the Broncos tonight showed why Houston likes him.
He made two very nice plays in the second quarter.
On a second-and-10, he caught a short pass on the right from Sage Rosenfels, felt Domonique Foxworth closing, stopped to let him fly by, and cut up the sideline between Foxworth and his help. Eleven yards, first down.
Later he worked back to a Rosenfels pass with corner Karl Paymah on his back and both moving from the middle of the end zone to the front as they neared the left boundary. Catch, first foot in the end zone, second foot at the half yard line. Field judge Buddy Horton took his time but stepped to the pylon and called it correctly, TD.
His celebration was hardly spontaneous, he admitted afterward. He's wearing a mullet and has some lines shaved into his sideburns -- "steps in the lightning bolt," he called them -- and said a rock and roll celebration fit with that -- so he pantomimed kicking over a microphone and gave a little head pump."
"People always say, 'Celebrate like you've been there before,' but I always say, 'Celebrate like you're never going to get there again,'" he said. "You never know if it's going to be your last play ever... I did a little rocker thing."
Anderson led all pass-catchers in the game with six catches and 67 yards.
Catches like the two in the second quarter will look even better when they come for an offense that also features Andre Johnson, who sat out this one with a groin injury.