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Robby Anderson speaks about growing up

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Robby Anderson #11 of the New York Jets catches a touchdown pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Robby Anderson #11 of the New York Jets catches a touchdown pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson has been the talk of the offseason due to his off-the-field distractions but is ready for the task at hand as he’s matured from these incidents.

When news broke out that New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson was once again arrested this offseason, it sent fans into a divided frenzy. Some felt that the Jets should just rid themselves of a troubled player who didn’t know how to keep his name out of the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Others felt that the franchise should help him get back on the right track by supporting him as he gets the help and guidance needed to learn from his mistakes due to his ability to be a solid football player.

Luckily for him, the Jets made it clear that they would support Anderson throughout the process that saw the felonies made against him all be dropped in the court of law. It remains to be seen if the NFL will suspend Anderson due to their personal conduct policy but either way, he’s ready for the task at hand this upcoming season.

On paper, Anderson is easily the top receiving option on the Jets offense after coming off a breakout season. Last year, Anderson totaled 941 receiving yards, 63 receptions, and seven touchdowns. He’s not only a player on the rise but has the potential to earn a big long-term contract from the Jets if he continues performing at an above-average rate.

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So far this offseason, Anderson undoubtedly self-reflected and learned from his off-the-field arrests. It’s not easy to deal with such situations, especially with the New York media, but Anderson reported to organized team activities and mandatory minicamp ready to pick up where he left off from. This time around, he’s learned a lot and is taking these distractions as valuable lessons to grow from.

In an article written by Josh Alper of NBC Sports, here is what Anderson said about growing up during the offseason:

“I learned a lot,” Anderson said. “It was a valuable lesson, but I really don’t want people to look at me and focus on that situation alone because mistakes do happen. It’s not acceptable, but I definitely want everybody to understand that I’ve grown a lot from that and I learned a lot from that. I felt bad to represent the Jets in that way, my family, the people that support me — my fans — but I want them to know I have grown past that and that’s behind me, and I’m focused on the future and improving.”

In the grand scheme of things, it’s good to see Anderson speak about growing up to set the record straight that he means business about accepting accountability and moving on from it. Time heals all and if Anderson totals another strong season or even a bigger one thanks to his solid skill-set, these offseason mistakes could motivate him for greater results.

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Overall, Anderson is ready to focus on the future and do whatever it takes to put the Jets in a position to win a lot of football games. It’s a great sight to see Anderson speak up about maturing from everything and using it as a way to not only improve his impact on the gridiron but the man behind the helmet.

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