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Jets WR Robby Anderson claims Stephon Gilmore gets away with a lot of holds

Robby Anderson, Stephon Gilmore, Jets, Patriots

Offensive holding penalties are up across the league. New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson thinks the same should reflect on defense, at least for New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Leading up to the Jets’ matchup against the Patriots, in Foxborough, Anderson dubbed the All-Pro cornerback as “one of the best,” before claiming he gets away with holds.

“He’s one of the best,” Anderson said, via Manish Mehta of New York Daily News. “He holds a lot, gets away with it. I’ve got to come with my A-game.”

Perhaps Anderson is trying to flag down the attention of referees, so they stay extra attentive while the two matchup.

Anderson hasn’t fared too well when playing the Patriots. He has yet to beat New England in six attempts, averaging two receptions for 26 yards a game. According to Zach Cox of NESN, in Anderson’s three games against Gilmore, he has caught two out of 10 targets for 11 yards. Gilmore has an interception and four pass deflections.

With both Sam Darnold (mono) and Trevor Siemian (ankle) out, Luke Falk will be Anderson’s quarterback on Sunday. A 24-year-old from Washington State, the starter went 20 for 25 for 198 yards after coming off the bench in Monday Night Football against the Cleveland Browns.

The Jets opened as 22.5 underdogs against the Patriots in Caesars Sports Book. Anderson potentially reeling in some holding calls on Gilmore could help them cover that against a team that isn’t short of recent dominance against New York.