Florham Park, N.J. - News broke yesterday that Eric Decker partially tore his right rotator cuff and is listed as week-to-week. That right there is a very sad sentence. Head coach Todd Bowles isn't sure if Decker's injury is season-ending or not. "[The trainers] said some people play with it. Over the course of time, we'll see how it goes." New York loses a receiver that had 80 receptions, 1,027 yards, and 12 touchdowns last season. Paired up with Brandon Marshall, Decker and him were the best duo in the NFL. The obvious choice for a number two receiver is Quincy Enunwa. To fill into that vital third spot with Jalin Marshall also injured, the Jets will look to Robby Anderson.
From what I have seen in practice and in games, Anderson has potential. I'd say over 95% of the balls thrown his way, he will bring them down. At 6'3", he poses as a red zone threat just like Decker. What helps is that Anderson had an amazing preseason to help his case. He broke onto the scene in Week Two of the preseason and never looked back. He had 13 catches for 264 yards and three touchdowns. Anderson led all players in receiving yards and tied Antonio Brown for second most in touchdowns, two of which were over 40 yards.
"[Anderson's] got really good hands," said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. "He's got a good little swagger to him that I hadn't really seen that you see in games come out a little bit."
Anderson fills into the third receiving spot that Enunwa thrived in early in the season. Defenses were focused on Marshall and Decker and the threat of one of the running backs coming out of the backfield, which left Enunwa open to 17 catches and 183 yards to go along with a touchdown. Now teams will keep doing the same, while focusing in on Enunwa now. The NFL doesn't know who Anderson is, an undrafted rookie out of Temple. This is where he is going to shine. "Robby made the team for a reason because he made plays, so we're confident playing him," said Bowles.
Last week in the loss to Kansas City, Anderson got into the game for a bit and had two catches for 34 yards. He already is exposed to a real-time NFL game against a good defense, why not put him up against one of the best defenses in the NFL. Anderson needs to step up quick, however, as New York recently re-signed Jeremy Ross because of the injuries to Decker and Jalin Marshall. The Jets also added depth to the tight end position in Austin Seferian-Jenkins, even though a tight end hasn't caught a pass yet this season for Gang Green.
"The touchdown catch he made over the defender, I thought he made it look easy and that's kind of what jumped out to me, he made such a difficult catch look like an easy one," Fitzpatrick said on Anderson's catch against Washington.null