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Inside the Numbers: Robby Watch

Posted Nov 25, 2017

Anderson's 20-Yard Catches, Bilal's Post-Thanksgiving Rushing and More


Robby Anderson, with a pair of 20-yard grabs and his last-minute 38-yard touchdown hookup with Josh McCown at Tampa Bay, continues his Jets record-book pace under the longball heading.

This season Anderson has 12 catches of at least 20 yards. One more against Carolina on Sunday will tie him for the most 20-plus receptions through the first 11 games by a recent Jets receiver with Eric Decker's 13 catches in 2015 and Al Toon's 13 in 1991.

Those all pale in comparison to 1968, when Joe Namath hit George Sauer for 21 receptions of 20-plus and Don Maynard for 17 more, all through the first 11 games of the 1968 Super Bowl season. But Robby's hot streak is impressive nonetheless.

And of course Anderson's got a four-game touchdown-catching streak still working as he tries to equal Santana Moss' franchise record of seven straight games with a TD catch. But Robby's still young.

"He's just so much more of a technician in his route running," McCown said. "And there is still so much room for improvement, but he’s gotten so much better, and I think it’s a credit to [WRs coach] Karl Dorrell and Johnny [Morton, offensive coordinator] and the system and how he’s being coached, and it’s a credit to him and his ability to work.

"So he’s been fun to throw it to, obviously."



Bilal's Time of the Season?
If Thanksgiving is behind us, it's time for Bilal Powell to talk turkey.

At least that's been the pattern for the Jets' back the previous two seasons. After the first 10 games of 2015-16 combined, Powell averaged 51.2 yards from scrimmage/game and totaled two touchdowns.

In the last six games of the past two seasons combined, BP's numbers shot up to 90.2 scrimmage yards/game and six TDs.

In December 2015, Powell chalked up 112 yards after the catch in his eight-catch, 91-yard receiving game against the Giants. In December 2016 he carried the Green & White to the OT win at San Francisco with 179 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns, nearly matched it the next week with 162 rush yards vs. Miami, and finished with 122 rush yards vs. Buffalo on New Year's Day.

This year Bilal's had his moments, especially with career highs of 163 rush yards and 190 YFS against Jacksonville, but otherwise has been relatively quiet. If this is truly his time of year, Sunday's home game after the bye week against Carolina would be a great time for his next post-Turkey Day eruption.


Play Count Notes
Through 10 games at the bye week, these are some of the Jets' unofficial play-count leaders:

Most Defensive Plays — Demario Davis, 704; Marcus Maye, 702; Jamal Adams, 689.

Most Offensive Plays — James Carpenter, 629; Kelvin Beachum, 629; Wes Johnson, 629; Josh McCown, 629. (All four have played in every Jets offensive snap this season.)

Most Special Teams Plays — Julian Stanford, 235; Josh Martin, 189; Rontez Miles, 166.

Most Total Plays — Demario Davis, 780; Jamal Adams, 756; Marcus Maye, 735; Darron Lee, 726; James Carpenter, 671.