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ICYMI: The Causes the Jets Will Represent Sunday

Posted Dec 1, 2017

Anderson Looking to Keep the Streak Alive, McGuire Soaking up Knowledge



This weekend’s games will mark the NFL’s second annual My Cause My Cleats initiative where players around the league are allowed to wear cleats that represent different causes of their choice. Eleven Jets will be participating and below is a full list of the players’ causes and charities:

Player

Cause

Charity

Kelvin Beachum

Food Insecurity & Access to Clean Water

World Vision

Terrence Brooks

At Risk Youth & Unity

Terrence Brooks Foundation

Chandler Catanzaro

Students with Intellectual Disabilities

ClemsonLIFE

Demario Davis

Poverty

United Way

Kony Ealy

Education & Community Improvement

T.E.A.M. 96 Foundation

Matt Forté

Education & Anti-Gun Violence

Matt Forté Foundation

Jonotthan Harrison

Anti-Bullying

STOMP Out Bullying

Bilal Powell

Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer Foundation

Brent Qvale

Terminal Illnesses

Huddle Up for Life

Brandon Shell

Anti-Bullying

STOMP Out Bullying

Muhammad Wilkerson

Education & Community Improvement

T.E.A.M. 96 Foundation


A Threat in Traffic
On Sunday, Robby Anderson will look to extend his NFL-long touchdown streak to six games. Averaging 17.4 yards a reception, Anderson can take the top off a defense and veteran QB Josh McCown continues to be an accurate long-ball thrower.

“I’ve been around a lot of quarterbacks, he’s been one of the best to me at throwing the deep ball,” said offensive coordinator John Morton.  “He’s doing a really good job of doing that.”

Anderson is adept at tracking the ball and then coming down with it in rush hour. The plays down the field from McCown to Anderson have set things up underneath and the 6’3”, 190-pounder is making the NFL take notice.

“This guy’s been able to make plays in traffic and make plays down the field, which now creates that threat. So that loosens up the coverage on the shorter and the intermediate routes for him not only to be a down the field threat, but he’s a threat anytime,” said Chad Pennington on The Official Jets Podcast. “That’s important because now you see the quarterback in McCown has really developed confidence in him and just doesn’t look for Robby down the field. He looks for Robby all over the field and that’s a completely different mindset. And then when you add in Kearse, a bigger receiver (209 pounds) who also can make plays, then you feel pretty good about that 1-2 punch.”



Not Your Average Rookie
It’s not common for sixth-round picks to see the field as much as Jets rookie RB Eli McGuire, but he’s earned his way into the three-man backfield rotation with Matt Forté and Bilal Powell. Offensive coordinator John Morton said McGuire approaches the game like a veteran and the first-year pro has benefited from the direction of two consummate professionals.

“I couldn’t pick two better guys to be in the room with, two veteran guys,” McGuire said on “Inside the Jets” with Eric Allen and Bart Scott. “I just have learned a lot and been a sponge with those guys, soaking up all the knowledge that I can. Those guys are great teachers and it’s my job to listen to those guys. It’s been great.”

The Louisiana-Lafayette product has been a sponge since he entered the building in May. He flashed with his hands during training camp and has totaled 113 yards on 11 catches in the regular season. Through 11 games, he’s also rushed for 280 yards on 74 carries for an average of 3.8 yards and one touchdown. The 5’9”, 214-pound McGuire found pay dirt in Week 4 against Jacksonville on a 69-yard run and the game has taken on a different pace since.

“It’s slowing up a lot,” he said. “When I first started, everything was fast paced, I didn’t know what was going on. Now that I’m 11 weeks in, I’m watching more film and I know what’s going on, so it’s slowed up a lot.”



Practice Squad Transaction
The Jets placed DL Claude Pelon on practice squad/injured and signed WR Tre McBride to the practice squad.

Pelon originally signed with the Jets as a 2016 undrafted free agent and spent the majority of last season on the team’s practice squad. The USC product signed a reserve/future deal in January and made the 53-man roster this season. The Green & White released Pelon Sep. 14 and re-signed him to the practice squad.

McBride played in eight games (three starts) for the Bears this season and registered eight catches for 144 yards. Originally a seventh-round pick of the Titans in 2015, the 6’0”, 210-pounder spent two seasons in Tennessee before signing with Chicago. McBride also has some experience as a kick returner as he returned 10 kicks for Tennessee.