Former NY Jets WR Robbie Anderson changes his name...again

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Former NY Jets wide receiver Robbie Anderson has garnered his fair share of headlines since leaving Florham Park. Although the majority of those headlines haven't exactly been performance-related.

Anderson's latest foray into the NFL's offseason chatter revolves around the former undrafted free agent changing his name. Yes, again.

Anderson posted a screenshot of a message exchange with someone who appears to be a lawyer on Instagram, implying that his legal name has officially been changed to "Chosen."

The 29-year-old now lists his name as "Anderson R, Chosen" on his Instagram, and his Instagram handle is now "chosen1ra," the same as his Twitter handle.

This marks the second time that Anderson has changed his name while in the NFL. Formerly known as Robby Anderson, he legally modified his first name to "Robbie" prior to the 2022 season. One year later, he's changing it again.

What has Robbie Anderson been up to since leaving the NY Jets?

Anderson spent the first four years of his career with the Jets where he developed from a skinny undrafted rookie into a legitimate starting-caliber wide receiver. There was a point where he looked like one of the best deep threats in the NFL.

From 2016 to 2019, Anderson accumulated 3,059 yards and 20 touchdowns on 375 catches with the Jets before leaving to join the Carolina Panthers that offseason. His first year in Carolina proved to be the peak of his NFL career to this point.

Anderson hauled in a career-high 95 catches for 1,096 yards and three touchdowns in his first season with the Panthers in 2020. That was followed by a somewhat underwhelming 2021 campaign in which he finished with 53 catches for 519 yards and five touchdowns.

Still, Anderson was a valuable part of the Panthers' offense, and many were happy with the two-year, $29.5 million extension the team had handed him following his breakout year. Things went south quickly in 2022, however.

Anderson got off to a slow start, hauling in just 13 catches in six games before a heated argument with interim head coach Steve Wilks on the sideline prematurely ended his tenure in Carolina.

The Panthers shipped him to the Arizona Cardinals for two future late-round draft picks. Anderson hoped to carve out a role in Arizona's offense, but he was used very sparingly, finishing with just seven catches for 76 yards in 10 games.

Anderson's career seemed to be taking off following his departure from the Jets, but at this point, it's unclear whether he'll even be on a roster at the start of the 2023 season. He's set to be a free agent again this offseason, and it's hard to believe any team will be willing to pay him much.

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Perhaps the name change will help, though. Maybe it's best for "Chosen" Anderson to put what was a disastrous 2022 season behind him and start anew.