The wide receiver corps of the New York Jets continues to surprise and develop as the season progresses. The future is bright for the positional group, especially with the return of a familiar face next season.
Entering this season, the New York Jets had serious concerns about their wide receiving corps. Those concerns only grew after the news came out about Quincy Enunwa’s season-ending injury. It wasn’t possible to find a team with a worse WR corps on paper than the Jets. However, the WR corps has performed better than expected and it all starts with Robby Anderson.
Anderson signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in May of 2016. It was unlikely for him to even make the team let alone start. As you know now, Anderson not only ended up making the team but he’s been a very important piece.
Anderson currently leads the team in receiving yards and is tied for the lead in receiving touchdowns. The thing that really stands out about Anderson is his big play ability. There’s been a handful of times this season when he’s been able to get separation off of man coverage and burn the corner down the field for a huge gain. He’s gotten big gains and even touchdowns on the likes of A.J. Bouye, Desmond Trufant, and TreDavious White; all cornerbacks who have played well this season but have gotten bested by Anderson. He creates problems for defenses with his excellent speed and ability to make plays down the field.
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Just imagine if Enunwa never got hurt and he and Anderson were paired up right now? The offense would look even better. Defenses wouldn’t be able to key in on Anderson as much and Enunwa would take the next step likewise to what Anderson has done this season.
While we won’t get to Anderson and Enunwa together until next season, we could be seeing them a ton given that they are both just 24 and 25 years old respectively.
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Enunwa and Anderson could both be big parts of the Jets future WR core, but it doesn’t have to be just them. With tons of money to spend this offseason and a stacked WR free agent class with the likes of Alshon Jeffery, Allen Robinson, Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry and Terrelle Pryor all set to hit the market, the Jets will have the opportunity to upgrade an already improved and growing WR corps.