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Anderson Wasn't Surprised by His Early Success

Rookie Wideout Isn’t Worried About His Weight, Will Work with Chad Johnson in the Offseason


Rookie WR Robby Anderson's production may have been surprising to most of the league, but he was expecting it.

"I didn't just come in here to say I put on a helmet, was an undrafted free agent and got cut," Anderson said. "I came here to do what I did. Actually, I didn't do what I wanted to. I wanted 1,000 yards and a Super Bowl, so I'm still working for my goals."

The Temple product registered 42 catches for 587 yards and two touchdowns in his first season as a pro. Despite moderate success in year one, Anderson understands he needs to continue his progress in order to achieve his goals.

"I'm going to put in a lot of work this offseason," he said. "There are a couple things I really want to focus on to get better. And I'm just going to go hard and focus on that."

The 6'3", 190-pound Anderson wouldn't elaborate on specifics, but he did say bulking up is not part of his offseason plans.

"I'm not too concerned with my weight, to be honest," he said. "But I want to get a little stronger so DBs don't feel like they can grab me as much as they tried to this year. But my weight is not a concern to me or my coaches."

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Anderson's forte lies with his feet. The speedster caught four passes for at least 40 yards in 2016, including both of his touchdown receptions. Since signing as an undrafted free agent in May, the Florida native focused on learning the intricacies as a receiver in the NFL.

Following training camp, the 23-year-old was given a locker next to six-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall. Through all the lessons Marshall shared with Anderson, one stands out.

"Being successful in the NFL is not just about your physical attributes, it's more so about your brain and knowledge," Anderson said. "The smarter you are as a football player along with your talent and physical traits takes you to a whole other level."

And how do you reach that point?

"Film study, learning from guys like [Marshall] and your coaches," he said. "Picking players' brains, hopefully linking with great players in the offseason and studying film. That's how you become a smarter football player — recognizing coverages and corners' tendencies."

One former wideout in the NFL that had a very prolific and successful career and has a similar build to Anderson is Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson (6'1", 188). Coincidentally, Johnson worked with Anderson leading up to the draft and they plan on more of the same in the offseason.

"Oh yeah, I already talked to him," Anderson said when the Jets cleared out their lockers in early January. "That's set in stone. That's mandatory."

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