New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson reportedly will not be suspended despite being arrested twice in the past year.
It’s been a rough season for the New York Jets and rookie Sam Darnold, but both of them received some good news.
Robby Anderson, the team’s best deep ball threat, is not going to be suspended for his two arrests, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News (via Twitter).
NFL spokesman tells me that Jets WR Robby Anderson will NOT be suspended for 2 arrests in past year. Case closed.
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 3, 2018
Anderson is known for his ability to get out and take the top off a defense on the nine route, with his exceptional speed making him a weapon. The undrafted player has developed into the perfect complement to Quincy Enunwa, producing 14.5 yards per reception for his career.
Having Anderson on the field forces opponents to respect the potential for a big play to come from the Jets offense. However, the team has played very conservatively this year, and Anderson has suffered as a result.
He’s pulled down only eight receptions through four games this season, with only 108 yards and a touchdown. His early numbers are disappointing, but it has more to do with a porous offensive line and desire to throw short than any wrongdoing by Anderson.
Anderson had a breakout season last year, putting up 941 yards and seven touchdowns with Josh McCown throwing him the ball. There was hope amongst Jets fans that he would build on those numbers with the exciting rookie Darnold as his quarterback.
However, there is reason for optimism with Anderson. Darnold started his career with three games in 11 days, and then his fourth game was against an excellent Jaguars defense. As he gets more comfortable, he’ll be looking to take more shots.
Additionally, the coaching staff will be forced to let Darnold take shots as the season goes on. Todd Bowles obviously wants to keep his job past this season, and at some point, he will need to do let his young quarterback sling it and take shots.
If and when that happens, Anderson will be the primary benefactor.