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Jets 2017 Roster Breakdown: Can Robby Anderson Be the Man in the Passing Game?

NFL: New York Jets at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s talk about Robby Anderson as our Jets roster countdown nears its conclusion.

Name: Robby Anderson

Number: 11

Year with Jets: 2nd

Projected Role: Starting wide receiver Go to guy in the passing game

His 2016: Anderson was barely on the radar when training camp started, but he was one of the most productive wide receivers in the league during the preseason. By the end of the preseason, he was a lock to make the roster. Initially a backup, Eric Decker’s season-ending injury put him into a more prominent role. As the year went on, Anderson’s productivity went up. He finished with 42 catches and 587 yards.

2017 will be a success if: Anderson continues to show he belongs as an NFL caliber weapon. He might have been miscast as the number two receiver before Quincy Enunwa’s injury. Now he almost certainly is miscast as a number one receiver. A campaign in the 800-900 yard range wouldn’t be great for a go to guy, but it would be a wild success in my book for a guy with a contract as small as Anderson’s. Even repeating his production from a year ago would make him well worth the money he is getting.

Odds of making the roster: Lock (>99%)