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NFL free agents 2020: Jets’ Robby Anderson guaranteed 1,000 yards – now he (comically) says stats don’t matter

Today 5:53 AM 
NFL Week 12: New York Jets defeat Oakland Raiders, 34-3

Adam Hunger | Associated Press

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is putting together an underwhelming contract season.

 
 
 
 

Robby Anderson talks a big game – he’s just yet to ever back it up. As a result, he’s left Joe Douglas with no reason to back up the Brinks truck, either.

The Jets’ fourth-year wide receiver started this season off brimming with confidence and oozing bravado, when he said he should “definitely” get to 1,000 yards and envisions himself getting 10 targets per game back in April. He said he had his sights set on becoming “the best receiver in the NFL."

Twelve games later – and four games away from free agency – Anderson’s tune has sure changed. Suddenly, he thinks statistics aren’t all that important.

“Some people could have like 1,200 yards and have one touchdown and they’re teams not winning,” Anderson said. "Then there’s some dudes that play on Super Bowl winning teams and might have 600 yards. So it’s to people’s opinion, you know? It’s just the value that you bring to your team.”

Well, what happens if you don’t have 600 yards or victories?

That’s the boat Anderson is in right now. He’s tallied 36 catches for 546 yards with three touchdowns this season. He has found the end zone as often as the Jets have found the win column. That’s not particularly encouraging.

Anderson says he isn’t worried those middling stats will tank his free-agent value, but that sure seems hard to believe.

“You can’t dictate a player’s potential and overlook what they have done,” Anderson said. "I don’t think that’s going to be a factor because I’m still the player that I am. It’s just the situation that’s been going on.”

In Anderson’s telling, he’s still explosive when given the opportunity. That obviously implies the Jets – and head coach Adam Gase – haven’t given him enough of those chances this season.

But the reality is that Anderson’s production has been in decline for two seasons, even since his breakout 2017 campaign, when he racked up 941 yards and seven TDs. He averaged 58.8 yards per game that year, but has watched that number drop to 53.7 in 2018 and slip again to 45.5 this season.

At this point, there’s far more evidence that these pedestrian numbers are exactly who Anderson is than the alternative. He’s nearing the end of his fourth season in the NFL. He’s never cracked 1,000 yards. He’s never averaged even 60 yards per game. He routinely goes weeks without making a major impact. 

He’s average.

Gase, for his part, has done his best to publicly shelter his wideout from criticism. 

“He just keeps trying to get open,” Gase said. “And he has been a lot of times, like I said before, it’s not really him, it’s just either the protection broke down, the ball didn’t go there due to coverage, it hasn’t really been on anything he’s done.”

And, in fairness to Anderson, he’s fresh off his best two-game stretch of the season, with 11 catches for 187 yards and one TD in those games.

But Anderson has had these hot streaks before. He recorded 20 grabs and 312 yards over three weeks last season, then went missing against the Patriots in Week 17. He put up back-to-back 100-yard games in 2017, then followed it up with three grabs for 27 yards against the Broncos, while averaging 30 yards per game the final four weeks of the season. 

Unless Anderson somehow keeps this newfound production going throughout December, there is no reason to believe he’s turned a corner. This is simply who Anderson is. He’s streaky. He can be dangerous – in spurts. 

But against the toughest competition and in the biggest moments, he’s typically nowhere to be found. Just look at his career stats against the Pats: 16 catches, 179 yards and zero TDs in eight games.

Does that sound like one of the NFL’s best?

Anderson was asked this week whether the Jets would have been more successful the past few seasons if he’d gotten the ball more consistently. He said he’d “obviously think so and hope so,” but “that’s like trying to look into a crystal ball and predict something, so I really can’t answer that.”

Maybe Anderson can’t envision that parallel universe, but after two straight years of mostly disappointing production, Jets fans should be able to see the future. More importantly, Douglas should be able to predict it as well.


 


That painful truth is that if Anderson were truly among the NFL’s elite, he’d have been finding ways to get the ball all along. He’d have made it impossible for Sam Darnold or Josh McCown or Luke Falk or Trevor Siemian or any other quarterback not to feature him heavily, week in and week out.

That hasn’t happened, plain and simple. Now, in a few months, Anderson is going to be looking for the money to match his outsized sense of self. When the time comes, Douglas should handle the moment like every recent Jets quarterback.

Glance Anderson’s way, then quickly move on to the next target.

 

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19 minutes ago, Apache 51 said:

NFL free agents 2020: Jets’ Robby Anderson guaranteed 1,000 yards

 
 

Unless Anderson somehow keeps this newfound production going throughout December, there is no reason to believe he’s turned a corner. This is simply who Anderson is. He’s streaky. He can be dangerous – in spurts. 

 

Funny thing HOF'er Lynn Swann never had a 900 yd season or caught more then 61 passes in a season but was dangerously streaky in the spurts that counted in big games..:win:

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I think Anderson is having a good season. He's shown he's more than a 1 trick pony and there have been at least a few big plays where Darnold missed him that would have bumped the stats significantly had they connected. He's never going to be an elite WR but this is a guy we should try and keep if the price is right.

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1 hour ago, Savage69 said:

Funny thing HOF'er Lynn Swann never had a 900 yd season or caught more then 61 passes in a season but was dangerously streaky in the spurts that counted in big games..:win:

Savage facts

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and wtf is our 28 million dollar man, Crowder doing???

Quincy enunwa 36 million???

this picking on the UDFA, RA ???

is so much nonsense...

the only dangerous offensive player we have...   busy waiting on underthrown passes that should be TDs.

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2 hours ago, Savage69 said:

Funny thing HOF'er Lynn Swann never had a 900 yd season or caught more then 61 passes in a season but was dangerously streaky in the spurts that counted in big games..:win:

Swann only played more than 14 games in a season once, also.

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NFL free agents 2020: Jets’ Robby Anderson guaranteed 1,000 yards – now he (comically) says stats don’t matter

Today 5:53 AM 
NFL Week 12: New York Jets defeat Oakland Raiders, 34-3

Adam Hunger | Associated Press

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is putting together an underwhelming contract season.

 
 
 
 

Robby Anderson talks a big game – he’s just yet to ever back it up. As a result, he’s left Joe Douglas with no reason to back up the Brinks truck, either.

The Jets’ fourth-year wide receiver started this season off brimming with confidence and oozing bravado, when he said he should “definitely” get to 1,000 yards and envisions himself getting 10 targets per game back in April. He said he had his sights set on becoming “the best receiver in the NFL."

Twelve games later – and four games away from free agency – Anderson’s tune has sure changed. Suddenly, he thinks statistics aren’t all that important.

“Some people could have like 1,200 yards and have one touchdown and they’re teams not winning,” Anderson said. "Then there’s some dudes that play on Super Bowl winning teams and might have 600 yards. So it’s to people’s opinion, you know? It’s just the value that you bring to your team.”

Well, what happens if you don’t have 600 yards or victories?

That’s the boat Anderson is in right now. He’s tallied 36 catches for 546 yards with three touchdowns this season. He has found the end zone as often as the Jets have found the win column. That’s not particularly encouraging.

Anderson says he isn’t worried those middling stats will tank his free-agent value, but that sure seems hard to believe.

“You can’t dictate a player’s potential and overlook what they have done,” Anderson said. "I don’t think that’s going to be a factor because I’m still the player that I am. It’s just the situation that’s been going on.”

In Anderson’s telling, he’s still explosive when given the opportunity. That obviously implies the Jets – and head coach Adam Gase – haven’t given him enough of those chances this season.

But the reality is that Anderson’s production has been in decline for two seasons, even since his breakout 2017 campaign, when he racked up 941 yards and seven TDs. He averaged 58.8 yards per game that year, but has watched that number drop to 53.7 in 2018 and slip again to 45.5 this season.

At this point, there’s far more evidence that these pedestrian numbers are exactly who Anderson is than the alternative. He’s nearing the end of his fourth season in the NFL. He’s never cracked 1,000 yards. He’s never averaged even 60 yards per game. He routinely goes weeks without making a major impact. 

He’s average.

Gase, for his part, has done his best to publicly shelter his wideout from criticism. 

“He just keeps trying to get open,” Gase said. “And he has been a lot of times, like I said before, it’s not really him, it’s just either the protection broke down, the ball didn’t go there due to coverage, it hasn’t really been on anything he’s done.”

And, in fairness to Anderson, he’s fresh off his best two-game stretch of the season, with 11 catches for 187 yards and one TD in those games.

But Anderson has had these hot streaks before. He recorded 20 grabs and 312 yards over three weeks last season, then went missing against the Patriots in Week 17. He put up back-to-back 100-yard games in 2017, then followed it up with three grabs for 27 yards against the Broncos, while averaging 30 yards per game the final four weeks of the season. 

Unless Anderson somehow keeps this newfound production going throughout December, there is no reason to believe he’s turned a corner. This is simply who Anderson is. He’s streaky. He can be dangerous – in spurts. 

But against the toughest competition and in the biggest moments, he’s typically nowhere to be found. Just look at his career stats against the Pats: 16 catches, 179 yards and zero TDs in eight games.

Does that sound like one of the NFL’s best?

Anderson was asked this week whether the Jets would have been more successful the past few seasons if he’d gotten the ball more consistently. He said he’d “obviously think so and hope so,” but “that’s like trying to look into a crystal ball and predict something, so I really can’t answer that.”

Maybe Anderson can’t envision that parallel universe, but after two straight years of mostly disappointing production, Jets fans should be able to see the future. More importantly, Douglas should be able to predict it as well.


 


That painful truth is that if Anderson were truly among the NFL’s elite, he’d have been finding ways to get the ball all along. He’d have made it impossible for Sam Darnold or Josh McCown or Luke Falk or Trevor Siemian or any other quarterback not to feature him heavily, week in and week out.

That hasn’t happened, plain and simple. Now, in a few months, Anderson is going to be looking for the money to match his outsized sense of self. When the time comes, Douglas should handle the moment like every recent Jets quarterback.

Glance Anderson’s way, then quickly move on to the next target.

 

it's hard to be elite when the players you depend on aren't that good.  there is some truth to anderson not having the ball thrown his way.  mccown?  falk? semian?  none of these guys have the arm and the oline has not been giving any of the qb's enough time to go deep reliably.  granted robbie needs to become more than just a deep guy but he also needs the team to help.

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17 minutes ago, Scott Dierking said:

Swann only played more than 14 games in a season once, also.

they didnt start playing 16 til 1978

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45 minutes ago, Losmeister said:

and wtf is our 28 million dollar man, Crowder doing???

Quincy enunwa 36 million???

this picking on the UDFA, RA ???

is so much nonsense...

the only dangerous offensive player we have...   busy waiting on underthrown passes that should be TDs.

We ALWAYS pay the wrong people on this team.

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2 hours ago, Losmeister said:

and wtf is our 28 million dollar man, Crowder doing???

Quincy enunwa 36 million???

this picking on the UDFA, RA ???

is so much nonsense...

the only dangerous offensive player we have...   busy waiting on underthrown passes that should be TDs.

Those figures are a little disingenuous, more like the 17 and 20 million dollar men respectively. But your point is valid as far as Q goes, he's always hurt so the contract was a real risk, even if it was cheap compared to the top guys. He plays very well when healthy but that's not often.

Crowder is doing about what i'd expect, he's on a fair deal. The real trouble is that there's a lot of good to okay receivers on the roster and no real top tier guys to round them off. A wolf pack with no alphas.

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So this reporter gets paid to write, he wants to blast Robby but the reporter doesn't know the difference between their and they're.

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10 minutes ago, Tony MaC said:

Those figures are a little disingenuous, more like the 17 and 20 million dollar men respectively. But your point is valid as far as Q goes, he's always hurt so the contract was a real risk, even if it was cheap compared to the top guys. He plays very well when healthy but that's not often.

Crowder is doing about what i'd expect, he's on a fair deal. The real trouble is that there's a lot of good to okay receivers on the roster and no real top tier guys to round them off. A wolf pack with no alphas.

https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/new-york-jets/jamison-crowder-16831/

Jamison Crowder signed a 3 year, $28,500,000 contract with the New York Jets, including a $3,000,000 signing bonus, $17,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $9,500,000. In 2019, Crowder will earn a base salary of $1,500,000, a signing bonus of $3,000,000 and a roster bonus of $4,281,250, while carrying a cap hit of $6,781,250 and a dead cap value of $17,000,000.

https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/new-york-jets/quincy-enunwa-14620/

Quincy Enunwa signed a 4 year, $36,000,000 contract with the New York Jets, including a $9,000,000 signing bonus, $20,078,588 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $9,000,000. In 2019, Enunwa will earn a base salary of $1,000,000 and a signing bonus of $9,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $2,800,000 and a dead cap value of $8,200,000.

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3 hours ago, Losmeister said:

and wtf is our 28 million dollar man, Crowder doing???

Not much, just leading the team in receptions, yards, targets, and catch percentage for Jets WRs.

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Robby too busy nuttin' in the beat writer's wife's eye to catch that many balls. 

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3 hours ago, Barry McCockinner said:

I think Anderson is having a good season. He's shown he's more than a 1 trick pony and there have been at least a few big plays where Darnold missed him that would have bumped the stats significantly had they connected. He's never going to be an elite WR but this is a guy we should try and keep if the price is right.

The true 1 trick pony is Gase. 

Fire Gase that is all.

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18 minutes ago, Prestige Worldwide said:

Not much, ...

I agree.

18 more targets 0 more TDs

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1 hour ago, Maxman said:

So this reporter gets paid to write, he wants to blast Robby but the reporter doesn't know the difference between their and they're.

You've totally got him their.

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".....if I ever got the opportunity....."

We're going to hear this ALOT from the Ra.....small, fuzzy mammals.......scrambling off the sinking ship this coming offseason.

Bell is already saying it.  Anderlols is saying it.  More will follow.

Part of rebuilding this team will be rebuilding it's CHARACTER as well.  Ditching the loser attitudes as well as the loser players.

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17 minutes ago, Prestige Worldwide said:

More targets because he can actually get open. 

I'll take 18 Tds in 191 catches 

over 17 tds in 258    every time

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1 hour ago, Losmeister said:

and Sam said We'd get alotta wins...

He was under the assumption that he was going to play in the NFL, you know with Professionals haha, on draft night when he said that.

He would have had a much better chance getting “a lotta wins” his first 2 years if he brought his USC offense with him rather than guys who could never start on any other NFL team who he has been forced to play with on the Jets.

That being said, if you take into account the Jet D blowing games late after Darnold gave them winning leads to hold....Darnold is pretty much a .500 QB right now.

Can you ask for more at this point?

 

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The venom jet fans have for robby anderson is bizarre.  I guess the comments he had for the cops really irked people and they cant let it go.

Being toung and drunk and being belligerent I can forgive.  Hes been a choir boy since that incident.  I am happy hes turned things around.

It will be a chance for us to celebtrate when we give him a nice contract this offseason.

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7 hours ago, Apache 51 said:

“Some people could have like 1,200 yards and have one touchdown and they’re teams not winning,” Anderson said. "

Did the writers/editors spell it the way they think he would have , in a peculiar quest for authenticity? 

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4 minutes ago, Joe W. Namath said:

The venom jet fans have for robby anderson is bizarre.

every other Jet WR is worse and yet they just cant get off RA, BIZARRE is the perfect word.

 

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2 hours ago, Joe W. Namath said:

No worries.  Douglas is no dummy.  We will bring back robby with a nice contract. Hes a guy we build around.

 

2 hours ago, Joe W. Namath said:

No worries.  Douglas is no dummy.  We will bring back robby with a nice contract. Hes a guy we build around.

Doe's Douglas follow his own instincts. Or will he lean on Gase. If we don't sign Robby, it will be because of the a..hole who's coaching our team. I'll tell you that.

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10 minutes ago, Losmeister said:

every other Jet WR is worse and yet they just cant get off RA, BIZARRE is the perfect word.

 

Its because of his gross comments.  Cause its definately not his play on the field.  He always makes big plays and never misses a game.

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4 minutes ago, genot said:

 

Doe's Douglas follow his own instincts. Or will he lean on Gase. If we don't sign Robby, it will be because of the a..hole who's coaching our team. I'll tell you that.

Agreed.  Gase is a total moron.

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7 hours ago, Scott Dierking said:

Swann only played more than 14 games in a season once, also.

Don Maynard played 14 game seasons and had many 1,000 plus years with a high of  1434 in 1967.. And so did George Sauer..

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A receiver with the knack to get behind the defense and catch the ball is not easily acquired.  We have one.  And now people want to ship him out.

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