There must be something in the water, but the Jets have uncovered a couple of very impressive rookies this off-season. We've spoken at length about Jalin Marshall, and he continues to impress. However Robby Anderson was the star of the show last night catching 4 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Earlier this off-season Brandon Marshall commented that Robby had that "wow factor". Last night I saw a receiver who was constantly beating his coverage. I aws a receiver who looked comfortable playing in this league. 4 catches doesn't sound like a lot, but in the pre-season...it is, and let's be honest, if he had received better QB play, he would have had a few more catches on his stat-sheet.
Anderson is an undrafted rookie from Temple, just trying to make the team. He had a productive senior year in Philadelphia catching 70 passes for 939 yards and 7 scores. However his small frame cast doubt on whether he'd be able to stand up to the brutal nature of the NFL. At 6'3 and only 190lb's, he isn't an imposing figure...but in this game if you have the talent, dedication and commitment, you can make it.
Last week against the Redskins he recorded 6 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown, when you add that to this weeks performance, I find it hard to believe that he won't be making the final 53. He's done everything that's been asked of him and more and he's never let his lean frame deter him from making the difficult catch.
Speaking to the NY Post recently, Anderson commented on the doubters who said he was too small
"Coming out of high school, people thought I was small and that was why I didn't get as many offers. But you can be 225 pounds and soft. It's about your heart at the end of the day."
It's not been an easy route to the pro's for Anderson. After being ruled academically ineligible at Temple, he chose to work hard in the classroom to ensure he could return to Temple to finish what he started.
Last year the Jets headed to week 1 of the NFL season with six wide receivers on the roster. If they do the same again, Anderson should make the team. Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa are the only players guaranteed a spot. Which means there should be 2-3 spot open.
If I was asked to predict which receivers would make the final cut, I'd probably go with:
I imagine someone like Charone Peake will make his way to the practice squad. He certainly hasn't done enough to warrant a spot on the 53 ahead of the players listed above.