New York Jets UDFA Breakdown – Robby Anderson

Kevin Zielaznicki with a closer look at New York Jets UDFA Robby Anderson, WR from Temple University

The New York Jets liked what they saw from Temple University wide receiver Robby Anderson and made him one of the 13 UDFAs they signed after the 2016 NFL Draft. Can Anderson crack the crowded wide receiver depth chart and sneak onto the final 53-man roster?

Player Card

  • Name: Robby Anderson
  • School: Temple
  • Position: WR
  • Height: 6’3″   
  • Weight: 190
  • Career Stats: 114 REC, 1730 YDS, 16 TD

Workout Results

  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.34 seconds
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 2.56 seconds
  • 3 Cone Drill: 7.07 seconds
  • Vertical Jump: 36.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 128.0 inches
  • Bench Press: 8 reps of 225lbs

Background: A two star cornerback out of South Plantation High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Anderson committed to Temple University shortly after his senior football season ended. After primarily being a special teamer, Anderson changed positions and became a wide receiver for the Owls. In his first season as a wideout in 2013, he had solid production and finished the year with nearly 800 yards and nine touchdowns. He was projected to have a huge impact in the Owl’s offense in 2014 but was suspended to due academic reasons. Anderson ended his final year at Temple with 70 catches, 930 yards, and seven touchdowns.

Pre-Draft Projections: 

  • NFL.com – 6th/7th Round
  • CBSSports.com – 4th/5th Round

Strengths: One of the best receivers in college last year in one-on-one jump ball situations. Impressive ability to climb the ladder and snag the ball at its highest point. Excellent body control to adjust to the ball that enabled him to routinely make circus catches. Flashed some ability to make plays after the catch. Uses different levels of his speed while running routes to catch defenders off guard. Great first step off the snap and has pretty footwork. Has special teams experience.

Weaknesses: Doesn’t have a body that can hold up in the NFL as he has a very thin body frame. Defenders were consistently able to overpower him and throw him off his route. Not a good run blocker. Drops too many easy catches and has a tendency to shy away from contact. Was dismissed from the team due to his academic performance at Temple and missed the 2014 season.

Final Words: Like many undrafted free agents, Robby Anderson will face an uphill battle to make the Jets final roster. With the Jets WR depth chart already consisting of Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Devin Smith, Quincy Enunwa, and Kenbrell Thompkins, there might be one spot left for receivers on the final roster. This last spot will most likely be between 7th round draft pick Charone Peake, Jalin Marshall, and Anderson.

Photo Credit: Temple.com