The New York Jets have a few bright spots to talk about so far this season as Robby Anderson has developed well and has the potential to be a top receiving threat for years to come.
Sunday’s 15-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has taken a lot of the good feelings away from the New York Jets as they head into their bye week. However, one player who continued to produce was second-year wide receiver Robby Anderson who caught 4 passes for 85 yards including a touchdown. That’s now four straight games that Anderson has found the end zone, and he’s quickly becoming the Jets best offensive weapon.
Coming out of college undrafted, Anderson always had the speed to at least be a valuable deep threat in the NFL, the only question was whether his smaller stature of 6’3″, 190 and his inconsistent hands would keep him from developing into a complete player. Although he had a costly one in Sunday’s loss, Anderson has done a solid job of cutting down on his drops as he has just two on the season compared to the four he had last year.
With his impressive start, Anderson has become a building block for the Jets moving forward and gives their offense that flashy swagger that it hasn’t had for quite some time. If he keeps it up, Anderson will start to get recognition as a player that can not only beat you over the top but hurt teams over the middle when coming out of the slot as well.
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At 4-6, the Jets are still in striking distance of the playoffs and aren’t likely to change quarterbacks after one bad game from Josh McCown when the entire offense, (especially the offensive line) looked out of sync all day.
Another reason to keep McCown at quarterback would be the continuity he has developed with Anderson going so that the 24-year-old can continue to improve and become an even more polished receiver. Although Anderson was successful at times with Bryce Petty last season and has even taken reps from Christian Hackenberg as well in the preseason, breaking up a young receivers quality connection with his signal caller can be a dangerous move to make.
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Anderson still has a long way to go before he’s a complete player but the potential is there for him to be a consistent number 1 receiver year in year out. He’s already a home run hitter that can take the top off the opposition’s defense in the blink of an eye. With Quincy Enunwa set to come back next season, Jets fans can start to dream about their team having one of the best young wide receiver tandems in the NFL.