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Jets acquire DL Henry Anderson in deal with Colts

Henry Anderson

Low risk, high reward—rarely is that familiar trade phrase ever come across as a bad thing. It’s also what the New York Jets are thinking aloud at this very moment on Day 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has gone back to the Indy well by acquiring defensive lineman Henry Anderson in a deal with the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets relented their Saturday seventh-round pick, No. 235 overall.

Anderson, 26, has been nothing but underwhelming since drafted in the third round, 93rd overall, via the 2015 NFL Draft.

He’s played just 29 games in three seasons, compiling three sacks and 43 tackles while starting 19 contests. Injuries have been his crucial nemesis since entering the league out of the one and only Stanford.

Standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing 287 pounds, Anderson comes to Todd Bowles’ as an interior defensive lineman. In Indy, he often switched from the interior to the edge. In Bowles’ 3-4 system, there’s no chance the big-bodied Anderson could stand up and play 3-4 outside linebacker.

He’ll come to Florham Park, New Jersey as one of several looking to replace the recently departed Muhammad Wilkerson and prior departed Sheldon Richardson. Stud Leonard Williams needs much help in the middle and the New York Jets are hoping a talented yet injury-prone Henry Anderson can fill a slot.