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Robby Anderson Found the Deep Ball at Elite Levels in 2017

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Robby Anderson broke out in his sophomore year, emerging as the Jets’ leading receiver with 941 yards; also leading them in receiving touchdowns with 7.

He played a big part in facilitating Josh McCown’s career year. Of the five seasons where McCown started at least 8 games, the only other wide receivers to post more yards than Anderson did in 2017 were Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson for the Buccaneers in 2014.

Anderson’s deep ball was a huge factor in his production; which isn’t news to anybody who followed the Jets this year. Anderson posted 17 catches of 20+ yards, giving him the 12th highest total in the league. He did it on a team that ranked 24th in passing yardage (no other player tallied as many 20+ yard receptions on a team ranked in the bottom ten of passing offense).

His six 20+ yard touchdowns tied with DeAndre Hopkins for second in the league - only Tyreek Hill, with 7, had more.

Robby’s six 20+ yard scores were more than the Jets had as a team in 2016 (5), and helped bring their 2017 team total to 11. That’s the highest total the Jets have posted since 1998 (13). In 13 of the 18 seasons in between, the Jets as a team failed to exceed Robby’s 2017 total of six 20+ yard scores.

Via Pro Football Focus (check out the article here), Anderson ranked 5th in the league in passer rating when targeted on go routes, at 107.6. He was the only Jet receiver to rank in the top five of efficiency on any of the routes that PFF tracked.

Obviously, Anderson has been in the news for the wrong reasons since the conclusion of the season. Hopefully he can steady himself off the field. Still only 24 and soon to be 25, Anderson is possibly the most intriguing long-term piece on the Jets offense (until a rookie QB enters the building). He showed the potential to be one of the league’s best deep threats for a long time. Hopefully he can make the refinements both on and off the field to maintain that pace.