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Robby Anderson shines in second week of Jets OTAs

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Robby Anderson #11 of the New York Jets celebrates after making a catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 1, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Robby Anderson #11 of the New York Jets celebrates after making a catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 1, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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After an offseason filled with distractions, wide receiver Robby Anderson has been shining so far for the New York Jets during organized team activities.

Wide receiver Robby Anderson undoubtedly wants to put the past behind him and focus on not only regaining trust from the higher-ups of the New York Jets but fans alike. It’s no secret that with all his offseason distractions, returning to organized team activities is a great way to use it all as motivation to take his career to the next step.

Anderson is coming off his best season yet with the Jets. In 2017, Anderson totaled 941 receiving yards, 63 receptions, and seven touchdowns. He was the top wide receiver for the Jets as he thrived in a breakout year.

Some takeaways from last season to elevate Anderson’s game was to have more instincts on the gridiron to make bigger plays instead of relying on just his raw natural speed. Anderson is a speedy wide receiver but it takes a lot more than that to make a consistent impact where it matters most in football games.

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Head coach Todd Bowles also believes that Anderson has shown signs of evolving to fix this aspect of his game. So far in the second week of Jets OTAs, Anderson is mentally adjusting to having a better understanding of what he could bring to the table.

Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Bowles said about what Anderson needs to do to take his career to the next step:

I think from a mental standpoint as far as pre-snap reads and understanding the game better, which he is doing, and not just using his speed. He is more of a complete receiver than just a speed guy, but taking the next step as far as understanding what is happening to him and how guys are attacking him. And he has been working on that all off-season.

Once Anderson masters that aspect of his game, he should continue exactly where he left off from last year. Expected to be either the No. 1 or No. 2 wide receiver for the Jets this upcoming season, Anderson is hoping to redeem himself after a troubling offseason. It’s uncertain if he’ll be suspended by the NFL for his offseason arrests but for now, he’s ready for anything and everything in front of him and to make a bigger mark on offense this time around.

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