When an undrafted player ends the year as the most productive rookie, you give a hat-tip to your scouting department. Robby Anderson was the shining star of the rookie class in 2016 and if he continues to improve, the sky's the limit for the impressive former Temple star.
Anderson finished his rookie year with 42 receptions for 587 yards and 2 TD's, pretty impressive numbers for a rookie, let alone an undrafted rookie who only started 8 games (although he did appear in all 16). He was targeted 78 times, which means he caught around 54% of the passes thrown his way, he was credited with 4 drops for a drop rate of 5.1%, which isn't horrible, but could definitely be improved upon. For example, Brandon Marshall got a lot of stick for the amount of passes he put on the floor, but his drop rate was 6.3%.
When reviewing any wide receiver, you need to consider the QB's throwing to them. The Jets didn't have a stable situation all year, so that's always going to cause some problems. Saying that, Anderson obviously had a rapport with Bryce Petty, and saw considerable targets with the former Baylor man in at QB.
Anderson showed a lot of good traits in 2016. He high points the ball with excellent body control. He showed a lot of short area quickness and ability to get separation. He has decent speed and good height for a wide receiver. He also made some great circus catches that looked great on the highlight reel.
However he's not the finished product. He had a few concentration drops in there and he is stick thin, at times when he faced bigger more physical corners, he got pushed around a little. If he can add some weight/strength to his frame without losing his short area quickness, he's one to watch for sure.
Overall 2016 was a great start for the undrafted man and I've read countless quotes from him which make me believe he has a good head on his shoulders. He know's the benefit of extensive film study and I really wouldn't be surprised to see him take the next step in 2017.
It was a great pick-up by the scouting department and the front office, and a great rookie year for Anderson.