Training camp is right around the corner for the New York Jets and breakout wide receiver Robby Anderson has a lot to prove. However, it isn’t his play on the field that everyone will be paying attention to.
Former undrafted free agent, Robby Anderson, was by far the New York Jets most productive wide receiver this past season. He busted out in a big way, as he and quarterback Josh McCown seemed to have an instant connection.
Gang Green inked Anderson in 2016 out of Temple University. He had a solid rookie campaign, but he really made his statement by almost racking up 1,000 receiving yards in 2017.
So, there should be a lot of optimism and buzz around a 25-year old who just had a monster year, right? Well, we all are familiar with how well Anderson plays on the field, but we are also very familiar with how poorly he handles himself off it.
This is why Anderson doesn’t necessarily need to show us that last year’s numbers were no fluke. Rather, he needs to show us he has the maturity and ability to stop finding himself in the middle of legal issues in order to reach his full potential.
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2017 SEASON REVIEW
As said already, Anderson’s sophomore season in 2017 was a big one. The 6-3, 190-pound receiver went for 63 receptions, 941 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. The former Owl was ranked as an average wide receiver in 2017, and he has been one of the best deep-ball wideouts since he came into the league.
Anderson’s success was quickly overshadowed by a mid-January arrest. He was arrested and faced nine charges, some of which have been dropped. This was an extremely bad look and something that Anderson cannot do again. This was his second arrest in a nine-month span.
2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
On the field, we can expect Anderson puts up similar numbers. He showed a glimpse of what he can be, which is a solid, possible 1,000-yard wide receiver.
Anderson will more than likely get a lot of targets, regardless of who is under center. McCown loved throwing it deep to him. It would seem as though Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Darnold would look to him as the team’s No. 1 receiver.
While Anderson looks as though he may take the next step on the field, he absolutely must show he has the whereabouts to not find himself in trouble anymore. He means too much to the team and a suspension would be less than ideal.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Anderson will undoubtedly make the 53-man roster when training camp is done. Unless he has another run-in with the law. As said and referenced before, Anderson is the Jets top receiver going into 2018. Quincy Enunwa and Terrelle Pryor are coming off injuries, so Anderson and Jermaine Kearse will be the go-to guys for the team’s signal callers.