Robby Anderson set to be top receiver of 2017
By William Cochrane
With a golden opportunity ahead of him, Robby Anderson is set to be the top wide receiver of the New York Jets for the upcoming season.
With Quincy Enunwa out for the season, Robby Anderson rapidly turns into the New York Jets No. 1 wide receiver. With regards to the second year receiver known as “Young Amazing,” let’s analyze his brief career thus far up to this point with a specific end goal to check whether he can fulfill his newly found role.
Right off the bat, the former University of Temple star’s journey to become an NFL player was a tough task for Anderson to achieve. There was no uncertainty as he had all the skills on the field to become an NFL player. However, it was due to academic eligibility issues that resulted in him missing the entire 2014 season at Temple. Consequently, the NFL did not invite him to the 2016 NFL Combine. Accordingly, the receiver from Temple had to have a solid showing on Temple’s Pro Day.
Conversely, as a result of not being invited to the NFL Combine, Anderson’s desire, in all honesty, made him stronger. Prior to his pro day, his trainer at the time hooked him up to train with six-time All-Pro wide receiver Chad Johnson. In 2006, Johnson, also known as Ocho-Cinco led the NFL in receiving yards (1,369).
Under Johnson’s tutelage, Anderson absorbed everything Johnson had taught him on how to succeed in the NFL. After training for three weeks with the former All-Pro, Anderson was determined and ready for his pro-day.
Consequently, he wound up running a sizzling 4.36-second 40-yard dash. Unfortunately, his name was not called during the 2016 NFL Draft. However, in May of that year, the Jets signed him to a UDFA contract. At the time, he was considered a long shot to make the final roster. The slim 6-3 190 lb. Temple Owl’s star went on to prove all his critics wrong.
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The Jets UDFA completed the 2016 preseason incredibly. Along with his dominating speed, Anderson not only led Gang Green in receiving but he led the entire NFL in receiving yards (264) and in touchdowns (3).
During his rookie season, he caught a break when receiver Eric Decker went down sustaining a season ending injury. Anderson landed a starting spot amid Week 4 of the regular season.
Concluding the 2016 season as a rookie, Anderson, who had to play with two underperforming quarterbacks during the year, excelled and was one of the few bright spots during their disappointing 5-11 campaign. Anderson’s ability to fly by covering cornerbacks and get open deep was key to his success. He ended up finishing the year third out of all New York’s receivers with 587 receiving yards. Behind the now injured Enunwa and Brandon Marshall.
Can Anderson become a legit No. 1 wide receiver?
In my opinion, I think the sky is the limit for the second year player from New Jersey. Not only has he proved as a rookie that he can get by almost any cornerback in the league but he has blazing speed. What he learned from Johnson appears to have rubbed off on the youngster. Making him a formidable competitor. Consequently, he is able to make cuts and juke cornerbacks that help him to get open. Emulating the same moves that made his amicable teacher the player he was.
For illustration, in the first preseason game of the year against the Tennessee Titans, he faced off against one of the top tier cornerbacks in the league with Ryan Logan. The rising star beat Logan on the Jets first drive with a beautiful over the shoulder 53-yard catch. Which led to the Jets first score of the game that put them on top as they eventually went on to win the game with just that single scoring drive 7-3.
In case you forgot, @youngamazing9 is hard to cover. #TENvsNYJ pic.twitter.com/wsneXDyLys
— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 12, 2017
Anderson finished the game with the highest wide receiver score of the Jets with an 81.3 score as per Pro Football Focus. Truthfully, during Anderson’s entire tenure on the field, we have yet to see him disappoint. Until the day comes that we see NFL cornerbacks continually shutting down the UDFA from Temple University, all teams in the NFL that passed on him will be wishing they could turn back the clock.
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In conclusion, as long as whoever is at quarterback for this Jets squad can throw the ball in Anderson’s vicinity, there’s not a doubt in my mind that “young amazing” is going to come down with the catch and do some damage. Moreover, not only can Robby be a No.1 receiving option but it wouldn’t shock me if he made multiple Pro Bowls during his career.
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