WR Robby Anderson - Carolina Panthers
|6-3, 190||Born: 5-9-1993||College: Temple||Drafted: ---|
2019 Week 1 vs BUF (7 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Along with LeVeon Bell, Jamison Crowder was the only real bright spot for the Jets offense. Crowder was by far the most targeted member of the team as well as the one with the most catches. Unfortunately he has the dubious honor now of being the first player in history to have 14 catches but under 100 yards. Crowder had a knack for getting open out of the slot, and even when he didn't, he did a fine job snagging the ball even while being blanketed by coverage.
2019 Week 2 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 81 / 0 rec)
Despite a decent statline, it's worth noting that Anderson had just two targets in the first half, both off which were wiped out due to penalties. In other words, he was not much in the gameplan. That changed a little with Luke Falk under center in the second half, as the Jets opened things up a little more. He had a couple of good catches, including a nice effort to come back on an underthrown ball by Falk in the third quarter.
2019 Week 3 vs NE (5 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
Anderson was swamped by Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore and limited by an inability of the offensive line to give his quarterback time to allow Anderson even a chance of getting open. It didn't help that most of what quarterback Luke Falk did was throw short even when he had time. Anderson couldn't break free very often and saw little attention from the offense when he did.
2019 Week 5 vs PHI (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Anderson is mostly a vertical threat and with Luke Falk under constant duress, the speedy receiver never had time to get open. The Jets haven't tried to stretch the field much anyway, and the offensive line issues just make that worse.
2019 Week 6 vs DAL (8 / 5 / 125 / 1 rec)
The bulk of Anderson's yardage came on one play, but it was a doozy. Anderson ran a post route, and was wide open for a bomb from quarterback Sam Darnold, which the receiver easily caught and took to the house for a 92-yard score. The pair missed on a couple of other deep bombs, but the Jets seem intent on trying to stretch the field, and utilize Anderson's speed and vertical ability.
2019 Week 7 vs NE (8 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Anderson was shut down by a combination of good coverage, and a shaky quarterback under massive pressure with no time to throw. Anderson's vertical ability isn't of any help when Same Darnold cannot look downfield to find him.
2019 Week 8 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Anderson should have had a long reception but was called for offensive pass interference, and was the target on two of Sam Darnold's interceptions. There's no time for Darnold to throw behind his terrible offensive line, so it's a bit shocking that Anderson gets as many targets as he does, considering his game is mostly deep vertical routes.
2019 Week 9 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Anderson saw very little work, again mostly because Sam Darnold has no time to throw, and appears to have some tunnel vision even when he does, locking onto Jamison Crowder and Le'Veon Bell. The Dolphins don't have the corners to cover deep, but the Jets don't seem to give enough time to their quarterback to throw it deep either, and despite a good matchup ahead in the form of the Giants, it doesn't look like Anderson will see too many targets going forward.
2019 Week 10 vs NYG (3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Once expected to be the leader in stats among the Jets wide receivers, Anderson has instead become the forgotten man. The offensive line not giving quarterback Sam Darnold time doesn't help, but Anderson is also not getting as open and Darnold seems a little hesitant to air the ball out, which given some of his turnover issues, isn't a shock. On the one play where they connected, Anderson ran a nice out route and Darnold delivered a sharp pass under duress. Anderson held on as he was immediately hit to gain a first down.
2019 Week 11 vs WAS (3 / 1 / 6 / 1 rec)
Anderson's a one-trick pony and generally speaking, that trick doesn't work in an offense with no pass protection. He did have a nice catch on a corner route to kick things off for the Jets scoring, and was able to get behind the defense on the play to get open and present a nice target for quarterback Sam Darnold. For some reason though, the team isn't getting him as involved short as he could be, and that continues to hurt his prospects and limits his targets greatly.
2019 Week 12 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 86 / 1 rec)
Anderson had his most productive day in a while, as Sam Darnold went downfield to him a few times, and found him on a short touchdown throw in the third quarter. On the play, Anderson lined up just off to the left of the formation, and cut back across it to the right at the snap. The defender quickly fell behind as Anderson headed for the back-right pylon, and Darnold easily found him for a score. There were two other plays worth noting. The first, came in the late second quarter on a 3rd and 2 play. Anderson split the zone between two defenders and Darnold, moving to his left, saw him. The pass went just over the cornerback and short of the deeper safety, right into Anderson's hands. He turned towards the sideline to get some more yards and a big first down. Also in the third quarter, the Jets ran a flea flicker, with Anderson as the target. Anderson ran down the sideline and was open, but the pass was a little short and he had to go up, make the snag and withstand a hit from the defender while holding onto the ball.
2019 Week 13 vs CIN (10 / 7 / 101 / 0 rec)
Anderson was responsible for six of the ten longest plays on offense by the Jets, with six of his seven catches going for between 12 and 20 yards. All three of his longest plays -- two 20 yarders and an 18-yard completion -- were quick plays where he created space with solid route running. Anderson's strength is his vertical game, but he did a nice job adapting to the shortcomings of the offense and managing to get open.
2019 Week 14 vs MIA (11 / 7 / 116 / 1 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Quarterback Sam Darnold and Anderson were in sync on Sunday, with Anderson catching the majority of his 11 targets. The two hooked up early for a score, when a scrambling Darnold saw Anderson wide open at the five yard line, and delivered the ball. Amusingly, Anderson didn't seem to realize just how open he was, and seemed surprised when he turned upfield to find nobody there, scoring pretty easily. He made an even better catch in the fourth quarter when the team was down 18 to 16. Anderson ran a deep out route, and Darnold delivered a laser where only Anderson could catch, which he hauled in with a defender on his back.
2019 Week 15 vs BAL (6 / 4 / 66 / 0 rec)
After a pair of hundred yard games, one might be disappointed by Anderson's totals, but he played very well in a tough matchup. The bulk of his yards did come on a 41-yard catch late in the game, when he got behind the coverage. The pass was just a tad long, but Anderson reached out and caught it with his fingertips for a big gain.
2019 Week 16 vs PIT (4 / 2 / 32 / 1 rec)
Anderson's best catch was his first catch, albeit on his second target. It was at the end of the first drive of the game, 23-yard touchdown reception where Anderson was double-covered in the end zone, but had a step on both defenders. Quarterback Sam Darnold fired the ball high to get it over the defenders and Anderson did a tremendous job going up and snagging the ball for a score. Anderson's first target resulted in a defensive pass interference penalty as well.
2019 Week 17 vs BUF (7 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Anderson had another relatively quiet game, and this time it wasn't salvaged with a touchdown. Anderson doesn't often have time to get open downfield and as the Jets passing offense seems to routinely cap out at 25-30 yards, there's just not much for him to do. The Jets continually send him on short routes, which isn't a strength. On one play, the very first of the fourth quarter, it appeared Darnold overthrew Anderson on a crossing route, but slowing the film down, it looks like the quarterback expected a deeper cross. While that may be a miscommunication, watching Anderson' it's clear his short to intermediate route running isn't incredibly sharp, so those near misses are a continual issue. Anderson did get a deep shot during the next series but came to a stop and Darnold nearly overthrew him. The ball bounced off a jumping Anderson's hands, and was nearly intercepted. Whoever is at fault in either situation, the two players are clearly not on the same page.
2018 Week 1 vs DET (1 / 1 / 41 / 1 rec, 1 / -9 / 0 rush)
Anderson only had one target but he made it count. On his 41-yard touchdown reception, Anderson was released by the corner, but the deep safety had been baited into stepping forward, not backpedaling, so by the time he caught up to Anderson, the receiver had prime position. The throw was a little short, but Anderson did an excellent job of leaping up and yanking the ball away from the defender.
2018 Week 2 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Anderson isn't seeing a ton of work, though whether it's because rookie Sam Darnold isn't seeing him or just because the offense is focused on short passes is hard to say. The latter is definitely a factor, since Anderson's strength is vertical routes and the Jets offense isn't going deep very often.
2018 Week 3 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Anderson's most impactful play was also, regrettably, his worst as he was stripped of the ball on the Jets' 26-yard line. The Browns returned the ball to about the seven yard line. The Jets defense bailed him out, limiting the resulting damage to three points, but it does seem that between the Jets conservative offense and his inability to shake the coverage which comes from being the ostensible top target in the offense, his only impacts have been negative. This was his second fumble of the year.
2018 Week 4 vs JAX (6 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
On the plus side, Anderson got through a game without a fumble. On the downside, his inability to do anything more than run fast in a straight line is not helping him be a bigger part of an offense which is limited itself. Worse the one thing he can do, they finally let him do and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold still missed him on a deep route where Anderson had a step on the defender. It's hard to overthrow Anderson, but that happened.
2018 Week 5 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 123 / 2 rec)
After totaling 108 yards on 8 catches in the first four games, Anderson finally exploded for the Jets, literally in the case of his 76-yard touchdown in the second quarter. On that play he threw a hesitation move at the defender, then kicked in the jets to blow past him where quarterback Sam Darnold placed the ball perfectly in his hands so he could head to the end zone without breaking stride. His second touchdown came on a play when the coverage was actually really good. Anderson was running a corner route, but was blanketed. Darnold dropped a perfect pass into his hands in the end zone where only Anderson would get the pass.
2018 Week 6 vs IND (5 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
A week after a huge game against Denver, Anderson was relatively quiet. The Colts dedicated themselves to containing him on deep passes, but in doing so they left themselves open to damage by Terrelle Pryor and Jermaine Kearse. Anderson was the target on Sam Darnold's well-underthrown ball in the first quarter of the game, but that was really the only deep ball he saw.
2018 Week 7 vs MIN (10 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
Sam Darnold tried to connect with Anderson more than anyone else, with ten targets, but the two just had very little luck executing. Anderson was overthrown while wide open at one point, and had a catch ripped away by a Vikings defender as well.
2018 Week 9 vs MIA (6 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Anderson looked heathy in his return to the field, and the Jets used him in multiple ways, including on an end around as well as both long and short yardage attempts. As dysfunctional as quarterback Sam Darnold was, Anderson didn't get a chance to really stretch the field, and as such his impact was limited overall.
2018 Week 12 vs NE (5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Anderson was on the field for more offensive snaps than anyone besides Quincy Enunwa, Chris Herndon and josh McCown, but like Enunwa, he saw only one-third the amount of targets Jermaine Kearse received. The Jets didn't make use of his trademark speed and vertical game, and did not try to stretch the field with McCown under center.
2018 Week 13 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
As long as the Jets insist on throwing close or behind the line of scrimmage, Robby Anderson will not see much production. A vertical threat in a short-yardage offense, Anderson is also starting to look frustrated and it shows in some lackluster route running and efforts to catch the ball, and on Sunday, a boneheaded unsportsmanlike conduct penalty which wiped out a 16-yard gain he had on a short pass across the middle. Anderson really only does one thing well, and right now that makes him a bad fit for this offense. McCown still got him involved, and Anderson had flashes, but for the most part he was very limited in his impact again this week.
2018 Week 14 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 76 / 1 rec)
In what was his best game in a long time, Anderson had several big plays. The two most critical came late in the game. The most critical extended a drive and put the Jets on the Buffalo 5-yard line and within striking distance of winning the game, which they did with an Elijah McGuire touchdown moments later. On that play to set up the touchdown, Anderson ran a vertical route down the sideline and while he was pretty well covered by the corner, Anderson did an excellent job of moving the coverage inside and leaving a wide margin of open space along the sideline for quarterback Sam Darnold to throw. The quarterback fired off a perfect pass, over his Anderson's outside shoulder where the corner couldn't make a play, and Anderson showed good footwork in getting both feet in-bounds for a 37-yard gain. Anderson also did a very nice job finding open space on his touchdown reception, as Darnold was forced from the pocket and scrambling around the field. Anderson was able to break away from coverage for a moment in the end zone, where Darnold delivered a pass for the score.
2018 Week 15 vs HOU (11 / 7 / 96 / 1 rec)
For the second game in a row, Anderson found the end zone and was a consistent weapon for the Jets, even when the throw wasn't a mile downfield. He made two big catches that stood out beyond the others, as well as a massive mistake that overshadowed his whole day. He did a great job continuing to move and find space while quarterback Sam Darnold scrambled to keep the play alive, and made a nice catch when the rookie spied him along the back of the end zone. He also made a tremendous sideline grab where Darnold was scrambling to Anderson's side of the field, and had to throw it high in order to get the ball over the defense. Anderson did a mice job going up and aggressively grabbing the ball for a big gain. He had the chance to do it again on a drive to win the game in the fourth quarter but dropped a ball he should have caught. Anderson continues to be a roller coaster, making nice grabs and then dropping balls he should have caught, but it's clear Darnold trusts him enough to use him early and often.
2018 Week 16 vs GB (13 / 9 / 140 / 1 rec)
Anderson now has three straight games where he has scored a touchdown, and he has really developed a rapport with rookie Sam Darnold. Since the quarterback returned in Week 14, Anderson has been targeted 31 times, with the next two closest being tight end Chris Herndon and Elijah McGuire with 13 each. Sunday was his biggest yardage total all season, and whereas in many games this season he had looked disengaged, the last few weeks -- and certainly against the Packers -- Anderson was very much "present" on the field. He made several tough catches in traffic, consistently gained yards after a catch on shorter pass plays, and found his way wide open on multiple receptions, including his 33-yard touchdown in the second quarter. On that play, the Packers safeties played well off and deep, while the corners and linebackers bit up. Anderson was wide open and after the catch, knifed in towards the end zone, slipping one tackle as he crossed the goal line.
2018 Week 17 vs NE (8 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
The Patriots wisely took Anderson out of the gameplan and after three straight games with a touchdown, Anderson was a non-factor. With Quincy Enunwa back next season, he should have someone to draw coverage from him, and he showed solid chemistry with rookie quarterback Sam Darnold in the last quarter of the season so his needle is pointing upwards.
2017 Week 1 vs BUF (8 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
Robby Anderson made a few nice catches over the middle, but Kearse seemed to be McCown's preferred target. Towards the end of the game, Anderson ran a deep sideline route and made a leaping grab. Anderson and safety, Jordan Poyer battled for the ball, but Anderson came down with the ball. The official ruled Poyer made the interception, a curious call, given the outcome of the play.
2017 Week 2 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Robby Anderson made a few nice catches over the middle, but Kearse seemed to be McCown's preferred target. Anderson worked the short-to-intermediate areas of the field, hauling in a 19-yarder on a cross route for his long-play of the game.
2017 Week 3 vs MIA (6 / 3 / 95 / 1 rec)
Robby Anderson made the play of the game, hooking with up Josh McCown for a 69-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Anderson ran by Anterraun Verner, who in man coverage, adjusted to McCown's deep ball and ran unopposed into the end zone to complete the scoring play. This play gave New York a 10-0 lead, a lead that it would not relinquish.
2017 Week 4 vs JAX (6 / 3 / 59 / 0 rec)
It was a quiet game for Robby Anderson, who was primarily matched up against AJ Bouye. Anderson had one notable grab, a 41-yard gain in the fourth quarter on a deep sideline route. Anderson created separation from Bouye and made a diving grab.
2017 Week 5 vs CLE (5 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Another week, another quiet performance by Anderson. Anderson once again had trouble creating separation at the line of scrimmage and settled for short gains on crossing routes.
2017 Week 6 vs NE (12 / 4 / 76 / 0 rec)
Anderson had some good and bad momentsˇand unfortunately was injured late in the game. In the first half, he registered one catch for 32 yards on a deep sideline route, but was targeted on McCown's costly first half interception that led to a New England touchdown. Anderson strung the route out, allowing Butler to undercut and intercept. In the fourth quarter, Anderson prolonged the game by securing a 32-yard gain on a deep seam route on fourth down. Three plays later, he was injured as New York turned the ball over on downs to end the game.
2017 Week 7 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 35 / 1 rec)
Anderson had some good and bad moments. In the first quarter, McCown hit Anderson for an 18-yard touchdown on a post route. Anderson badly beat rookie, Cordrea Tankersley, who looked completely lost on the play. Late in the fourth quarter, Anderson flung his helmet across the field in frustration, leading to a 15-yard penalty.
2017 Week 8 vs ATL (6 / 6 / 104 / 1 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
After last week's late game outburst, the talented young receiver bounced back with a strong performance against a talented secondary. In the second quarter, Anderson and McCown hooked up for a 24-yard score. Matched up against Desmond Trufant in man coverage, Anderson used a double move to beat Trufant and made a diving grab in the back of the end zone. In the third quarter, Anderson beat Robert Alford for a 32-yard gain on a deep sideline route. Anderson made a sensational diving grab to complete the play, but McCown threw a pinpoint pass to get it there.
2017 Week 9 vs BUF (5 / 4 / 48 / 1 rec)
Three-in-a-row. For the third straight week, Anderson scored a 15+ yard touchdown. In the third quarter, McCown and Anderson hooked up for a 25-yard touchdown on a deep sideline route. Matched up against rookie, TreDavious White, who had safety help, Anderson simply ran by the defenders as McCown dropped a dime in the back of the end zone. Anderson's speed and route running ability helped him win against the inexperienced rookie defender.
2017 Week 10 vs TB (7 / 4 / 85 / 1 rec)
Four-in-a-row. For the fourth straight week, Anderson scored a touchdown. Late in the fourth quarter, McCown and Anderson hooked up for a 38-yard score on a deep sideline route. McCown dropped in a back shoulder dime as Anderson scooted into the end zone. Outside of the scoring play, Anderson was a fixture on 3rd downs and made some tough grabs over the middle. Anderson was targeted on McCown's lone interception, but McCown air-mailed him.
2017 Week 12 vs CAR (10 / 6 / 146 / 2 rec)
Five-in-a-row. For the fifth straight week, Robby Anderson scored a touchdown. In fact, Anderson added two touchdowns to his season total. In the second quarter, McCown delivered a 33-yard touchdown strike. Anderson, who was running a deep post route, out-ran double coverage, and completed the scoring play with some nifty footwork in the back of the end zone. In the third quarter, McCown and Anderson hooked up for a 54-yard touchdown a 'school-yard football'-esque play. McCown rolled out of the pocket to prolong the play, pointed downfield, effectively calling his shot, prompting Anderson to cut off his comeback route and go-long. Safety, Kurt Coleman wasn't able to recover as McCown lofted the ball deep to a wide-open Anderson. Outside of the scoring plays, Anderson made some tough grabs against Carolina's zone coverage. Working primarily against James Bradford, Anderson made grabs of 20 yards and 28 yards respectively on deep in-breaking routes. Anderson keeps refining his route running and has been a weekly source of big plays.
2017 Week 13 vs KC (12 / 8 / 107 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Robby Anderson's five-game scoring streak ended, but he continued to dominate targets. Anderson has primarily been an outside receiver, but New York moved him into the slot to avoid Marcus Peters. It was a great game plan because Anderson dominated his match-up against Steven Nelson. Overall, Anderson brutalized Kansas City's overmatched secondary on intermediate and crossing routes. Anderson had a long catch-and-run of 26 yards on a deep cross route. The timing and anticipation between Anderson and McCown is special as this young receiver continues to mature and get better.
2017 Week 14 vs DEN (6 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Even the admirable Robby Anderson was unable to overcome this mess. New York's wide receivers were complete afterthoughts, but Anderson still made a few plays. Anderson had a long catch of 14 yards on a sideline route.
2017 Week 15 vs NO (12 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)
Despite being matched up against talented rookie corner, Marshon Lattimore, Anderson was peppered with a team-high 12 targets. He ran his normal route tree, which features short-to-intermediate crossing routes and was the defined first read on the majority of his routes. Lattimore was physical with Anderson at the line of scrimmage, but the talented young receiver worked through him. He had a long grab of 15 yards on a sideline route.
2017 Week 16 vs LAC (7 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
Anderson ran his normal route tree, which features short-to-intermediate crossing routes and was the defined first read on the majority of his routes. Anderson had a long catch-and-run of 16 yards on play action. Anderson sat down in Los Angeles' zone coverage and made a tough grab before taking a big hit.
2017 Week 17 vs NE (3 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Robby Anderson made one catch for a short gain before suffering a concussion. Stephon Gilmore delivered a cheap hit that led to this concussion. Anderson fell 50 yards short of 1,000 yards, but overall, had a productive season.
2016 Week 4 vs SEA (6 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
New York's other rookie wide receiver, Robby Anderson, played limited snaps and only caught two passes for short gains.
2016 Week 5 vs PIT (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
New York's other rookie wide receiver, Robby Anderson, played limited snaps and only caught one pass for 10 yards on a slip screen.
2016 Week 7 vs BAL (3 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec, 1 / 30 / 0 rush)
It took a few weeks, but Robby Anderson finally looked comfortable in this offense. Starting in three wide receivers sets, New York's game plan involved getting Anderson involved as a runner and as a receiver. During Fitzpatrick's first scoring drive, Chan Gailey called an end round that Anderson took for 30 yards down the left sideline. Credit Fitzpatrick has selling the play fake, but once he got outside, Anderson showed some burst and speed in the open field. Matt Forte scored on a screen pass after Anderson's 30-yard rumble. As a receiver, Anderson took advantage of deep zone coverage by running tight routes. Anderson had a catch and run of 28 yards on a deep slant route. The young rookie from Temple is getting better and better as he sees more snaps in 3-wide receiver sets.
2016 Week 8 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Despite only catching three passes, Robby Anderson had a major impact on this game. All three of Anderson's receptions occurred in the second half, but two of the three came on key third down plays. On a 3rd-and-12 play from NYJ's 14-yard line, Fitzpatrick and Anderson hooked up for a 16 yard gain deep down the left sideline. Anderson showed excellent body control and poise to haul in an errant pass for a first down gain. Four plays later, Fitzpatrick came back to Anderson on third down, finding him in the middle of the field for a 9-yard gain. New York opted to go for it on 4th-and-1 and Forte cashed in for a 4-yard touchdown run. For a rookie, Anderson impressed and made two big plays that ultimately contributed to the outcome of this game.
2016 Week 9 vs MIA (6 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Robby Anderson is getting better each week. The Temple product is working inside and outside, running short, intermediate, and deep routes against man and zone coverage. Anderson showed that he could beat man coverage this week, making several big plays against Miami's secondary. Matched up against Tony Lippett early in the fourth quarter, Anderson ran a go-route deep down the right sideline, elevated over Lippett and hauled in a 27-yard gain. After completing the catch and falling to the ground, Anderson got up and sprinted into the end zone. Upon review, it was determined that Anderson was touched, negating the touchdown. Three plays later, Fitzpatrick was intercepted in the end zone. Nevertheless, this young receiver is playing with a lot of confidence.
2016 Week 10 vs LA (6 / 3 / 69 / 0 rec)
It's no surprise that Anderson was New York's leading receiver with Petty under center. Anderson and Petty, two players that started the season with the second team offense, were in-sync for most the game. In the first quarter, Anderson and Petty hooked up for the first completion of the game, a nine-yard gain on a comeback route where Anderson showed impressive arm extension and strong hands at the catch point. Petty came back to Anderson on a deep fade route for a 52-yard gain in the first quarter. Operating against one-on-one man coverage, Anderson showed some initial quickness to get away from the defender and used some hand checking to keep the defender off his body. Credit Petty for throwing a great deep ball, but Anderson made the play happen by running a great route and by keeping the defender at bay.
2016 Week 12 vs NE (2 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
It was a tough afternoon for Robby Anderson, a rookie receiver that has flashed this season. In the second quarter, Fitzpatrick found Anderson on a deep cross for a 25-yard catch and run, but Butler punched the ball out of his hands and New England recovered. This turnover led a seven-play, 50 yard touchdown drive by New England.
2016 Week 13 vs IND (12 / 4 / 61 / 1 rec)
Anderson received a team-high 12 targets, but struggled with drops and his timing with Petty was off for the majority of the game. In the first half, with Fitzpatrick under center, Anderson dropped two long gains that would have given this offense a much needed spark. With Petty under center, Anderson was the first read on most pass plays. Petty's first few pass attempts were off-the-mark, but these two hooked up for a 40-yard touchdown on a deep post route. Matched up against Darius Butler, Anderson and Butler ran stride for stride, but Anderson did a nice job adjusting to Petty's deep throw to complete the pass play and ran into the end zone. Granted, Butler fell down when attempting to make a play on the ball, but give Anderson credit for finishing the scoring play. If the touchdown pass is removed from his state line, Anderson gained just 21 yards on 11 targets. Needless to say, Petty and Anderson have to spend more time together during the practice week.
2016 Week 14 vs SF (11 / 6 / 99 / 0 rec, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
Robby Anderson continued his impressive rookie season by making two big plays. In the fourth quarter, Petty found Anderson on go-route for a 40-yard gain. San Francisco was in two-deep coverage--and the route timing and execution by both players was impressive. Petty put the ball high and in front of the deep safety. Anderson went up and plucked the ball out of the air before taking a hit. In overtime, Petty found Anderson on a deep cross for a 26-yard gain. Petty rolled out of the pocket, to his left, set his feet and delivered a strong throw to an in-breaking Anderson before taking a hit. Anderson won inside position and made a tough grab over the middle to put New York in field goal range. Two plays later, Powell was run-in the game winning score.
2016 Week 15 vs MIA (6 / 4 / 80 / 1 rec)
Another week, another big effort from Robby Anderson. On the game's first possession, Petty and Anderson hooked up for a 40-yard touchdown on a deep crossing route. Recognizing man coverage without safety help over the top, Petty audited into the pass play and Anderson won at the line of scrimmage, allowing him to run free on the route. Petty hit him in stride and Anderson made the scoring play happen after the catch. In the fourth quarter, Petty found Anderson for a 28-yard gain on a deep sideline route. Petty took a big hit from Wake and Suh, but somehow completed the pass. Outside of these two big pass plays, Anderson was targeted on short-to-intermediate routes, but failed to rip off additional big gains.
2016 Week 16 vs NE (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Robby Anderson was shut-out, despite receiving three targets and functioning as the passing attack's top option. Anderson was targeted on Petty's interception as communication broke down between the two young players.
2016 Week 17 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
The rookie wide receiver was arguably the most surprising member of the team this season. Anderson finished his rookie season by running good routes, making tough catches, and getting separation at the line of scrimmage. Anderson had a long gain of 17 yards on a deep crossing route for a New York first down.