Few NFL receivers are hotter than Robby Anderson of the New York Jets, who broke the century mark in yardage for the second straight week.
With December sending so many travelers home for the holidays, it’s a shame Robby Anderson didn’t visit his apparent new dwellings of the stands near the end zone on Sunday afternoon.
A visit to the MetLife Stadium seats wasn’t in the cards for the New York Jets receiver, but he nonetheless visited the end zone for the third time in the past four weeks. His 26-yard touchdown catch from Sam Darnold not only opened New York scoring, but kickstarted an afternoon that featured 116 yards on seven receptions.
The Jets won their fourth game over their past five, topping the Miami Dolphins, 22-21.
In the immediate aftermath, Anderson spoke highly of his continued chemistry with quarterback Sam Darnold in a postgame interview with Jeane Coakley of SNY.
“We’re hot right now. I feel like I’m in the zone, I feel like he’s in the zone, we just got to keep it going,” he said. “We’ve just to keep it going, stay focused, take it one day at a time, one play at a time… can’t get too ahead of ourselves, just keep grinding.”
Anderson has broken the century mark in yardage in back-to-back games, the first time he has done so since Weeks 11-12 of the 2017 season. He has also earned 303 yards over the past trio, including 101 in last week’s visit to Cincinnati.
His improvement has certainly been noticed by his quarterback and head coach.
“Robby has always been great,” Darnold said. “There are some games, obviously, where the numbers, they aren’t as big or he’s not highlighted or anything like that on the stat sheet. But for Robby that’s because sometimes he gets cloud coverage, they’re putting safeties over the top of him, like they did a couple of times today. For us when Robby is rolling, he is a really good asset for us.
“He’s been super aggressive with the ball. Not waiting on it. Going to get it,” Adam Gase concurred. “We had those couple of drives where we didn’t get anything going. They were playing a ton of man and I could hear him say, ‘You’ve got to get me the ball here pretty soon’.”
Anderson is getting hot at perhaps the perfect time. The Teaneck, NJ native is set to hit free agency for the second straight offseason. New York (5-8) placed a second-round tender on him last winter, one worth $3 million. His recent prowess could up his price tag in what could be a very intriguing offseason.
The receiver has remained mum about what the future holds, focusing only on the present. He has approached the road ahead much like how he focused on the Jets’ final drive on Sunday: seeking to control and focus on only immediate tasks.
“(I) just take it one play at a time,” Anderson said of his mindset on the last drive, which ended with Sam Ficken’s 44-yard field goal “Don’t do too much, just do what you got to do as an individual and it’ll all come together.”
Anderson and the Jets return to action on Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens (8:20 p.m. ET, FOX/NFL Network).