Wide receiver Robby Anderson ran the 40 yard dash in 4.3 seconds at Temple University's Pro Day back in 2016. That's lightning bolt speed. Yet, he went undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Now fast forward to last weekend, as the New York Jets played a barn burner against the Kansas City Chiefs. The accolades for this 38-31 win most definitely goes to Robby Anderson and his wide receiver partner Jeremy Kearse, among others. For the second game in a row, Anderson and Kearse both put up 100 yard receiving games, combining 17 receptions for 264 yards.
The last two New York Jets wide receivers who completed this record were Don Maynard and George Sauer Jr back in 1967. Sauer went on to lead the AFL in receptions in the 1967 season; look to see Anderson do the same in the upcoming seasons with the New York Jets.
Did you see that flash last Sunday? That was Anderson receiving, racking up yardage. His stats for this season don't lie; in 12 games Anderson has 49 receptions, 821 receiving yards, 16.8 receiving yards per reception and 7 touchdowns. Anderson is reportedly in the top 10 ranking of wide receivers this season so far. At least in my book.
Last week, after the win against Kansas City, Anderson was asked how it feels to get over the hump in the fourth quarter, he responded "Indescribable, it feels great. But we have to keep this momentum going, holding onto this feeling and build from it." That's a great attitude after the past few losses, when the New York Jets appeared to fall apart in the last quarter of every game.
MetLife Stadium was not filled to capacity for the Chiefs game, and die hard Jets fans were clinging to their seats (and couches at home) until the very end of the game. The last ten minutes on the clock took almost an hour, as the Chiefs lost their edge and their cool with multiple penalties, including CB Marcus Peters picking up a ref flag and throwing it in the stands.
The New York Jets will travel to Denver to take on the Broncos Sunday, December 10th.
According to the New York Jets injury reports, Anderson had full participation in practice Wednesday, limited participation Thursday with a hamstring injury, but Friday's injury report shows full participation. Look for Anderson to have another spectacular yardage game against the 3-9 Broncos if he is in good health as reported.
The New York Jets receivers are facing what some are touting as the NFL's top cornerback duo in Chris Harris and Aqib Talib. With excellent man-to-man coverage, Anderson and his mentor Jeremy Kearse need their A-game to win.