The New York Jets are adding more wide receivers this offseason than ever before. It looks like they might be preparing for life without wide receiver Robby Anderson if things don’t pan out due to his off-the-field incidents.
In case you missed it, the New York Jets added another wide receiver to the mix, Charles Johnson, which makes him their 17th in the positional group. Ideally, most teams tend to head into training camp with anywhere between 8-12 tops to have competition towards the final depth chart.
The Jets, on the other hand, are stocking up on wide receivers like there is no tomorrow which could potentially be the writing on the wall for Robby Anderson. Even though he had felony charges dropped from his recent arrest due to reckless driving in late January, it doesn’t excuse the fact that he still might be suspended at the start of the season by the NFL.
It also remains to be seen if the Jets will end up keeping him on the roster since he still has court dates to attend and his two arrests are still pending legal matters. Anderson has a lot of growing up to do which could explain why the Jets are hoping they get a diamond in the rough from all these new wide receivers they’ve signed to compete in training camp.
Anderson enjoyed a breakout year for the Jets in 2017 in which he totaled 941 receiving yards, 63 receptions, and seven touchdowns. There is no telling how good he could be this upcoming season but how many chances will the Jets give Anderson to shape up before he’s shipped out?
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It’s unheard of for a team to sign 17 active wide receivers on the roster during the offseason unless they’re trying to send a statement that no matter how good you are, you can be expendable if you’re not willing to understand the overall message. The Jets want to build a team on the foundation of hard work, teamwork, and being professionals on and off the field.
Two arrests just about nine months apart isn’t a good look for Anderson. Especially since he has the talent to be a very good wide receiver in the league but is clearly throwing away such a golden opportunity. It’s not often a player who goes undrafted can become the No. 1 wide receiver on a team but Anderson did it and is in danger of having it all gone to waste.
Hopefully, Anderson wisens up and understands that no matter what the final stats say, there is no excuse for this type of behavior during the offseason. As a role model and professional athlete, there is a responsibility to be upheld and Anderson dropped the ball when it comes to that not once but twice now.
Either way, the Jets adding all these wide receivers could mean they’re preparing for life without Anderson at the start of the season or even on the team altogether. It all depends on how his two upcoming court cases go and if he faces any jail time. Another big factor is if he’s shown and said enough to the Jets leadership regime that he’s worth giving another chance to. As of right now, his roster spot is in jeopardy as it appears the Jets might be ready to find a suitable replacement for his production based on all their offseason acquisitions at wide receiver.