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Robby Anderson's Still a Jet & 'It Means the World to Me'

Green & White's Deep-Threat WR Survived 'Weird Feeling' as Tuesday's Trade Deadline Approached 


In his own way, wide receiver Robby Anderson was as positive today about being a Jet and trying to turn this season around as running back Le'Veon Bell has been.

Especially since Tuesday's NFL trade deadline has come and gone and Robby's still in green and white.

"It means the world to me because I still have the opportunity to fulfill my commitment," Anderson said about still calling the Jets his home despite rumors that he could be sent to another team. "If I wanted that to happen, I could've easily expressed to them and would've made that clear that's what I wanted. That's not what I wanted. I'm giving my all to the end, I'm not giving up on my mission and my goal. I'm just thankful to still be here and still be able to give that to the organization, to the fans, to everybody."

That's quite the statement from the softspoken Anderson who's been known to go off with big receiving games every now and then. Such as against Dallas, when he gathered in that 92-yard touchdown catch from Sam Darnold and finished with five catches for 125 yards. Other than that, it's been a quiet season for the fourth-year player as the offense struggles with better protecting and getting open for Darnold.

All of which had Anderson early this week on tenterhooks, a painful place for many players to be as trade talks get more pointed.

"I really didn't know how to feel," he said. "I was not 100 percent sure but pretty sure I would still be here. ... Monday we had our team meeting and I was thinking, 'This could be my last time sitting here with the team in a team meeting.' Even Sunday before the game, 'This could be my last time playing as a Jet.' It was kind of a weird feeling. I know that's not what I wanted."

He said general manager Joe Douglas and head coach Adam Gase kept the lines of communication open, especially as it concerned Douglas' philosophy that "when a team calls you, you should always listen to what they have to say."

"They were more so just telling me what the situation was," Anderson said. "It might've been misconstrued how it was painted out to the media. They were just letting me know that's not the case. I'm pretty sure if they were shopping me and that's what they wanted to do, they would've made a move."

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Now Robby can confine himself to his moves off the line, on all those short, intermediate and longball routes that Gase talked about getting Anderson involved in this season. Because of injuries and other storylines, the offense has produced 20-yard plays at nearly a record low for the team. But Anderson has three of the 13 plays of 20-plus yards this season and 40 in his four seasons. That's the most by a Jets WR since Jerricho Cotchery had 47 from 2007-10. He's about due to erupt.

And then might his representatives and the Jets strike a longterm deal that's been talked about for a while? Anderson said there's no rush.

"That's not really the focus right now," he said. "We're focused on trying to win. There's a time and a place where that's going to come, you know?"

In the meantime, Miami beckons.

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