Despite the fact the New York Jets lost in preseason Week 2, they may have found another hidden gem in the process in wide receiver Robby Anderson.
Last week, Jalin Marshall and Charone Peake stood out for the New York Jets at the wide receiver position. But in preseason Week 2, the undrafted free agent out of Temple, stole the show. Wide receiver Robby Anderson has been in a battle among perhaps the deepest positional unit on the roster. Despite all the obstacles in his path, Anderson continues to keep his name in the coach’s highlight reels.
That continued Friday night in spectacular fashion in which he posted career highs in yards, catches and recorded his first pro touchdown. Anderson finished the game with six receptions for 131 yards and this beautiful 42-yard touchdown catch and run:
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We’ve referenced before that if the Jets utilize the same roster cut-downs as last season, there’s only two spots available at receiver. Maybe three if wide receiver Devin Smith starts out on the PUP list, but that’s simply delaying the inevitable.
If the Jets decide to go young at the position, they have several fantastic options, unlike years past. The aforementioned Peake and Marshall really sparked last week and this week it was Anderson.
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So when we go through the final cuts and the Jets’ coaching staff are making those tough decisions, Anderson is looking pretty good so far.
If Anderson’s stats and potential don’t get him a spot, hopefully his Temple Owl roots will give him the edge.
Head coach Todd Bowles is also an alumni of the illustrious university and it holds a special place in his heart. Bowles gave a glowing review of the Temple product in the post game press conference with the media, courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets:
Did Robby Anderson show you something tonight?
You know, he made plays, specifically the one down the field. I’ve got to go back and see the film, to see the rest of his body of work. But he showed up and made some catches, but again it’s everything. He’s got to be running the right route depth, and everything else, so I’ll look back at it.
Also during that press conference Bowles was asked about has anyone locked up their roster spot yet and he replied, “no one has locked up their spot yet.” So while Anderson flashed a lot in this game, he has to show consistency the rest of the way to be playing for the Jets this fall.