New York Jets: Robby Anderson needs a fast start to the season

Robby Anderson, New York Jets (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Robby Anderson, New York Jets (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The New York Jets are building a formidable offense and will need significant contributions this season from their wide receivers especially veteran Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson has been an exciting player for the New York Jets over the years for his electric play on the field and controversy off it. As he approaches the start of his fourth season, it is imperative that he gets off to a good start or this year could be his last with “Gang Green.”

As the Jets will look to expand the offense with the addition of All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell allowing more expected passing options for Sam Darnold. Anderson’s exceptional speed is well known around the league and his greatest asset as a receiver, he recently competed in a unique competition for the NFL’s fastest man title. The Temple University standout has had am slightly above average career so far and this season is expected to be his breakout year.

The veteran of the team’s core of wide receivers that includes Jamison Crowder and Quincy Enunwa, Anderson is quickly expected to be the team’s top threat.  His best season was in 2017 as he hauled in 63 catches and 941 yards garnering plenty of attention to specific points in the season be considered a Pro Bowler. Last season’s production took a bit of a drop off as the change at quarterback from Josh McCown to Darnold didn’t go smoothly.

Anderson spoke about his dedication to the team and relationship with Darnold in an interview for the team’s website late last season.

"“Set a standard for us as a team to show that we’re not going to lay down, keep showing that passion. When you play football, your offseason dictates how your season is. I think we understand that as a team that we don’t want to go into the offseason with a bad feeling.”"

"“He just lets me know what he sees, what he expects throughout the week with certain things and what he’s looking to do,” Anderson said of the 21-year-old passer. “Now, I’m opening up more to him and letting him know, ‘I know how he’s going to play it like this, just put it up and trust me.’ I think that helps — that trust factor.”"

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In the first four games of last season, Anderson was held to eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. The chemistry with Darnold will be key to start the season and essential to the Jets playoff hopes.