Defensive end Henry Anderson is already fitting into his new home with the New York Jets. Here are his comments from the start of the Jets organized team activities.
Whenever a team gets into their first week of organized team activities, it’s always a fun experience for either newly drafted rookies or newly acquired players ready for a new adventure. Such is the case with defensive end Henry Anderson and his new team in the New York Jets.
Acquired in the offseason, the Jets are hoping that Anderson helps with their overall pass rush and veteran leadership. As a former member of the Indianapolis Colts, Anderson ended his tenure with the team with 43 tackles, three sacks, and unfortunately, a severe injury.
Last season, Anderson was hit in the throat by an opposing player during a football game and while it wasn’t anything serious at first, developed into being a major problem. Anderson needed surgery to fix a rare injury and the NFL and is looking to bounce back.
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So far during OTAs, Anderson has enjoyed the facility at One Jets Drive and was a participant in several drills for the team. In an article written by Randy Lange of NewYorkJets.com, here is what Anderson said during the first week of OTAs:
“We haven’t watched a ton of film yet, but you see guys up front making plays. As a defensive lineman, that’s something you always want to see. You want to be in the backfield getting TFLs and sacks,” he said. “It’s nice being out here. The facility’s top of the line and this area’s really nice. I’m excited to get to work out here.”
Hopefully, things work out well for both Anderson and the Jets. Since they’ll be running a 3-4 defense yet again this upcoming season, Anderson fits in well as he’s an experienced defensive end that tackles well in this system. It’s expected he’ll be in a rotational role and if he plays well enough, could see decent starting time alongside defensive end Leonard Williams.
The Jets needed to bolster their pass rush badly this offseason as Anderson was one of their low-risk/high reward acquisitions. Anderson was worth taking a chance on since before his unfortunate injury, was a player on the rise at just 26-years-old. Now he gets to start a new chapter in his career that hopefully brings him and the Jets much success down the road.