With the NFL legal tampering period set to begin next week, it appears as if free-agent wide receiver Robby Anderson could remain with the NY Jets.
Following another disappointing season, it’s become abundantly clear that the NY Jets have many holes to fill. Specifically, the team needs to improve the offensive line, add talent at the cornerback position and bolster the wide receiving corps.
While the Jets have a few reliable weapons for quarterback Sam Darnold such as slot receiver Jamison Crowder and, when healthy, tight end Chris Herndon, the team is in desperate need of a true No. 1 target.
The only issue, however, is that a top wide receiver isn’t easy to acquire. In fact, Robby Anderson, who has spent the last four seasons with the Jets, is one of the top talents available on the free-agent market.
Anderson, although not considered to be a true No. 1 wide receiver, is indeed a dangerous weapon given his blazing speed and deep threat ability. In addition, he was able to expand his route running a bit under head coach Adam Gase, while also developing noticeable chemistry with Darnold.
Having his best season in 2017, Anderson totaled 63 receptions for 941 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2018, he brought in 50 receptions for 752 yards and six touchdowns and in 2019, he tallied 52 receptions for 779 yards and five touchdowns.
Following the conclusion of the 2019 campaign, it appeared as if the Jets were interested in bringing Anderson back on board, though it seemed unlikely due to his projected price tag on the open market.
It appears things have changed, as Anderson revealed on Tuesday ESPN “NFL Live” that he’d like to return to Florham Park next year:
“I think they definitely want me back,” he said. “I truly do want to be back with the Jets. I love Sam (Darnold). I love my teammates, Jamal (Adams) and all those guys. I feel like there’s unfinished business there that I’ve been trying to get done since I got there. I would hope to finish out the mission, all in all, but it’s a business.”
The full clip can be seen below via Justin Gray on Twitter:
— (@JGrayCuse) March 10, 2020
Ultimately, Anderson isn’t the end all be all to the Jets’ issues at wide receiver, but he is a valuable asset to have. In addition, if the Jets can pair Anderson with a few other pieces added in free agency or the draft, he could play a key role in rebuilding the team’s unit.