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Why Henry Anderson is the QB of the Jets defensive line

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: Henry Anderson #96 of the New York Jets tackles Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at TIAA Bank Field on September 30, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: Henry Anderson #96 of the New York Jets tackles Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at TIAA Bank Field on September 30, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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If the New York Jets had a quarterback for every unit on the roster, veteran Henry Anderson would take that assignment for the defensive line.

They say that quarterback is the most important position in football, but the traits that make a good one are helpful at every other position, too. The New York Jets know this, and that’s why they’re happy to have that kind of player at multiple spots on both sides of the ball.

Along the defensive line, that title goes to Henry Anderson, who is transitioning to a new scheme this season under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Jets defensive line coach Andre Carter says Anderson brings all those integral abilities to his position in the trenches (via team reporter Olivia Landis):

He’s one of those players that you always want. He’s very smart, very detailed, very thorough to the game. I always say the Mike linebacker is the quarterback of the defense, but one thing about Henry Anderson is he’s like the quarterback of the defensive line. It’s very rare that you get a guy like him, based on all of his skill set.

But he also understands the psychological mind frame of the offensive opponent where he can break down film and make quick adjustments when needed series by series. Watching film and analyzing our defense, he was the one that always stood out. He takes charge and is constantly communicating and understands where he fits.

A third-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft out of Stanford, Anderson joined the Jets prior to the 2018 season after three years with the Indianapolis Colts. He appeared in all 16 games for the Gang Green last season, and despite making three starts and playing in a rotational role, Anderson tallied a career-high seven sacks.

Heading into the 2019 season, Anderson will have to adjust to a new scheme that will require him to find new ways to use his skill set. Considering the versatility he’s already displayed up to this point, that shouldn’t be much of a problem.

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Anderson appears to be a favorite of the new coaching staff, and he could be entrusted with more responsibility in his second season with the team after showing his potential and proving he can impact the game in many different ways.

What are your expectations for Anderson and the Jets defense in 2019? Give us your take in the comment section!

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