Our Jets roster countdown now moves on to defensive lineman Henry Anderson.
Name: Henry Anderson
Year with Jets: 1st
Projected Role: Run stopping starting defensive lineman
His 2017: Anderson played 9 games before suffering a laryngeal fracture that led to his placement on injured reserve. He recorded 22 tackles and 2 sacks on the season.
A new coaching staff had Anderson losing weight in the offseason to transfer to a new role, but he was subsequently traded to the Jets on the third day of the NFL Draft in exchange for a seventh round pick.
2018 will be a success if: Anderson can stay on the field and be a productive run stopper on early downs. He probably won’t provide much as a pass rusher, but he has a good track record in the run game.
The staying healthy part will be essential. One cannot discuss Anderson without noting he has played only 29 games in his three NFL seasons and never more than eleven in a single year. The throat injury from 2017 feels like a freak occurrence, but the injuries he suffered to both knees that cost him time in his first two seasons seem a tad more concerning.
Odds of making the roster: Anderson is on the final year of a cheap rookie contract so even if he did lose his starting job as a result of being outplayed by guys like Mike Pennel and Nathan Shepherd in training camp, he would still be a cheap quality backup. This makes him a Lock (>99%).