There isn’t much to smile about these days with the New York Jets but wide receiver Robby Anderson continues to make a name for himself.
While this season may not be so pretty for the New York Jets so far, they just might have one of the best player stories in the league this season. That story is the one of Jets’ receiver, Robby Anderson. The two-year Temple receiver went from undrafted, and barely on the roster, to one of the team’s starters.
Of course, one of the reasons for his starting position is because of veteran Eric Decker‘s torn rotator cuff, but he is still a pretty solid wide receiver. Anderson was able to get himself 13 receptions, 264 yards, and three touchdowns in the preseason. That’s 3.25 catches a game, 66 yards a game, and .75 touchdowns a game. I know it’s only the preseason, but considering his undrafted backstory, you’ve got to give him credit.
In the regular season, he has totaled 22 catches so far, with 270 receiving yards. Those stats total to about 12.3 yards per catch, and that means he gets first downs. Unfortunately, he still doesn’t have any touchdowns.
If he can keep this up, and start getting into the end zone, he may earn himself a full-time job in the NFL, either here, or on another team. He does have a great opportunity this season, he gets to play the starting position in place of a veteran. That has been a popular topic around the NFL this season. For example, the Dallas Cowboys’ rookie quarterback, Dak Prescott playing in place of a veteran quarterback, Tony Romo.
It’s worked for Prescott, and that’s mostly due to the fact that he has Romo to coach him up. That’s what Decker should be doing with Anderson. In fact, the other Jets’ veteran wide receiver, Brandon Marshall, should help him out as well. If you look at it, Anderson’s got a great advantage here. He has two players who can teach him the do’s and don’t’s of being an NFL wide receiver, which means that, if he is willing to listen, he gets to learn nearly everything the easy way.
The bottom line is that Anderson has all of the potential, as well as all of the resources to become a great wide receiver in this league. It’s just a matter of using those resources, and building on that potential. I hope you do, Robby. We’ll be watching you.