Jets’ Adam Gase plans to find ways to get Robby Anderson the ball
After hauling in seven touchdowns and 941 yards during the 2017 season, Robby Anderson had many thinking he would become a full-fledged star at his receiver position last year. An underwhelming season, though, saw a decrease in numbers across the board.
Anderson totaled fewer targets (94), receptions (50), yards (752) and touchdowns (6) last season.
“That was a down year for me,” Anderson said. “I know my capabilities. I know what I want to become… and that’s the best receiver in the NFL.”
Of course, the Jets were breaking in a rookie quarterback last year, so some inconsistencies in the passing game was expected. Though the pair finished the year strong, with Anderson racking up 312 yards and three scores during Weeks 14-16.
The upcoming year is an important one for Anderson’s career trajectory, as he will be a free agent in 2020 – one who could cash in if he produces like he believes he can. A player known for his deep-ball prowess, coach Adam Gase has said this spring he believes he can turn Anderson into more than a one-trick pony.
“We’re just going to keep trying to think of ways to get him the ball, ways to create variety in his routes,” Gase said. “Instead of just doing one or two things, maybe we can open that thing up to five, six, seven things to where he’s a threat on multiple levels whether it be underneath, intermediate or down the field.”
If Anderson expands his game well beyond the deep threat this season, watch out defenses.