Wide receiver Robby Anderson has enjoyed an amazing season with the New York Jets so far as he recently gave praise to veteran Jermaine Kearse for his progression.
Whenever a young wide receiver makes it tothe NFL, a strong veteran presence, especially in their same positional group, goes a very long way. From helping them get better with techniques and advice on how to hone their craft, to focusing on all the little things for their individual successes, veterans are key for any franchise to take it to the next level. Such is the case with wide receiver Robby Anderson and everything veteran Jermaine Kearse has helped him achieve on the New York Jets in 2017.
So far this season, Anderson has totaled 821 receiving yards, 49 receptions, and seven touchdowns. He’s on pace to crack 1,000+ receiving yards in just his second season in the league. As an undrafted player, his story is an incredible one and one that Kearse knows all too well.
Kearse was also an undrafted player that made a name for himself as a member of the Seattle Seahawks before he was traded to the Jets to continue his own success. Kearse is coming off his best game yet as a member of the Jets as last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, he totaled 157 receiving yards on nine receptions.
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Despite neither player scoring a touchdown against the Chiefs, they made franchise history as they both posted two back-to-back games in which they totaled at least 100 receiving yards. It hasn’t been done in about 50 years on the Jets which goes to show how focused and determined both players are to continue putting the Jets in a position to win football games.
After that game, Anderson spoke to the media about his big game and gave praise to Kearse for showing him the ropes to make him into an even more complete wide receiver. Here is what Anderson said courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets:
On what Jermaine Kearse has meant to him this season…He’s been a good mentor. Somebody that’s kind of had a similar path to me, undrafted. He’s been around for a while and around a lot of good players and seen a lot of things. So you know, he passes that onto me.
This team continues to head in the right direction with young players that truly get the message in the grand scheme of things. It wasn’t long ago that Anderson got some criticism for asking viewers at home to vote for him so he can make the Pro Bowl but as with any young player, they will grow and mature over time. He undoubtedly learned from that experience and moved on towards letting his actions on the field do all the talking.
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Overall, Anderson looks like he’s eventually going to turn into a No. 1 receiving option on the Jets with Kearse being that key veteran in ensuring he continues on his path towards greatness. These are the kind of players that the Jets need in a locker room that is just a few pieces away from creating something special for the future.