The New York Jets have a budding star in wide receiver Robby Anderson, and this could be the year he becomes a household name.
There are many reasons for Jets fans to be excited about the 2019 season, considering all the changes and new faces added this offseason.
But one of the best things about the Gang Green roster in 2019 is a returning starter who is ready to take his game to the next level.
Robby Anderson’s speed has made him one of the league’s most dangerous big-play threats, but in his first year under new head coach Adam Gase, he’s looking to prove he’s more than just a one-trick pony (via team reporter Olivia Landis):
I’ve been labeled a ‘deep threat’, but everybody who knows what I can do knows that’s not the case. But he’s (Gase) really going to make me a great player, he’s going to bring greatness out of me, and he’s going to let me do things I haven’t really been able to do and take me to that next level. And I’m confident in that.
Gase knows the unique skill set Anderson brings to the table, and he wants to get as creative as possible when it comes to getting his top pass-catcher the ball:
We want to think of ways to get him the ball, ways to create variety in his routes. Instead of just doing one or two things, maybe we can open that up to five, six, seven things to where he’s a threat on multiple levels —whether it be underneath, intermediate or down the field.
Since the Jets snatched him up as an undrafted free agent in 2016, Anderson has tallied 155 receptions for 2,280 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging nearly 15 yards per catch over his three seasons.
The Jets added more firepower to the offense this offseason, namely a versatile running back in Le’Veon Bell, who should help second-year quarterback Sam Darnold and keep the offense balanced. His presence should also open up more room for Anderson to make plays, and Darnold’s continued progression should be aided by Anderson’s ability to make plays at every level of the field.
With an improved supporting cast and a focus on developing a more complete skill set, don’t be surprised if 2019 turns out to be a coming-out party for Anderson.