New York Jets: Robby Anderson Trouble Opens Up Door for Others
Dec 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) gathers in a second half touchdown pass against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

In case you missed it, New York Jets’ wide receiver Robby Anderson got into some trouble over the weekend. How does that affect the roster?

While details are still coming in on what exactly happened over the weekend with New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson, it doesn’t look good, especially considering the Jets new marketing slogan of “building the team a different way.” It’s a lot more than talk and bluster at press conferences, we as fans learned that the hard way with Rex Ryan.

Now, we’re relearning a lesson we’ve potentially forgotten, just because something is said doesn’t make it gospel. The Jets are attempting a culture change.

This culture change is long overdue, might I add, but specifically after last season. Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson tardiness issues, Brandon Marshall and Darrelle Revis spats, lack of leadership overall — if any time was the right time, it’s now for the Jets.

You have to wait until all the cards are out on the table before making a rash decision.

“We are aware of the situation,” the Jets said in a statement via ESPN. “This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comment at this time.”

While the Jets have to wait for the legal process, we don’t. What could this potentially mean for the rest of the Jets’ wide receiver depth chart?

Opportunity

The locks to make the roster are Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa, Chad Hansen and ArDarius Stewart. Devin Smith will likely make the team but he’s on IR, so he won’t count for a roster spot.

That leaves three openings at a maximum. There are still eight players on that list above that are unaccounted for.

Jalin Marshall is already suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season thanks to some illegal PED use. So his roster spot could very well be in jeopardy.

The Jets have a really good problem here. I love a lot of the receivers on the bottom of the depth chart and have a personal bias with Brisly Estime because I’ve seen his entire career in person locally here in Syracuse. Due to the punt and kick returning woes of the Jets, Estime has a role that he can carve out there on special teams. That provides a distinct advantage over the other receivers on the list.

The mystery man on this list is the player that doesn’t even have his jersey number yet, K.D. Cannon. While we may not know who he is yet, he has a supporter in Jets’ first round pick Jamal Adams.

Here are some notes and quotes:

  • KD Cannon was available because he didn’t make it through the San Francisco 49ers Rookie Minicamp. After receiving the most guaranteed money among undrafted players to get a chance with San Fran. Why is he available?
  • “The organization was hardly thrilled with Cannon’s work ethic and the way he handled himself during drills, a source told FanRag Sports.

“Baylor players,” we’re well aware they’re products of the system. Look at Bryce Petty, he’s still trying to figure out what’s what after suffering through an over-simplified gimmicky offense.

Most of what Cannon executed throughout his collegiate career were bubble screens and short routes, so his route tree isn’t fully developed, probably a key reason into why he didn’t get drafted. But an interesting name to keep an eye on.

The best Clemson product in the AFC East?

There’s a lot of hot candidates: Sammy Watkins, Shaq Lawson, and Charone Peake? Yes, that’s right, an often forgotten about the player who could be ready to finally explode.

Charone Peake, 6-foot-2, 200-plus pounds, 34-inch arms, and 9 1/4 hands, was a late round gem for the Jets last year. Why did he slip?

A few reasons. Many, I don’t think, were necessarily his fault. Peake had a really odd case of bad luck. Here are the receivers that popped up during his time at Clemson:

All perennial All-Pros at the NFL level. Seems to be a case of wrong place, wrong time. So that stalled his bursting on the scene and then pair that with some injuries. He finally got his spot in the sun when Deshaun Watson came on the scene.

Peake had the best year of his career in 2015, making it all the way to the National Championship game (50 catches for 716 yards, and five touchdowns). With these wide receivers dropping like flies, why can’t he finally reach his “Peake” in his second year?

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