This was supposed to be the season Robby Anderson finally became a superstar wide receiver, but it hasn't happened that way.
After 941 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season, the 25-year-old out of Temple came into Sunday's game against the Titans with only 368 yards, three touchdowns and two lost fumbles in nine games.
The first half of Sunday's game in Nashville showed just how frustrating Anderson can be for fans, and for head coach Todd Bowles.
Anderson caught three passes for 40 yards, all with Titans star corner Adoree' Jackson in coverage, and one for 16 yards to convert a third-and-3. The 40 yards are only four shy of his high for a game since he went for 123 in a Week 5 win over the Broncos.
That's the good part.
But here's the bad. After that 16-yard catch, Anderson, seemingly upset because he was hit out of bounds, got up and spiked the ball, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty (his second of the season).
Anderson will be a restricted free agent after the season, but instead of being OK with a one-year tender (like the one Quincy Enunwa is playing on this year), he told The New York Daily News this week that he wants a long-term deal. Anderson is making $633K in the last year of his three-year, $1.63 million deal.
“I would hope not to be tendered,” he said. “Because I don’t want to be here for possibly just one more year. I want to be here for the long term. I feel like I worked hard. (The RFA tender) is a step up from where I’m at now. But I want to be here for the long term.
“I want to be a Jet. Clearly, they feel the same way, because they didn’t get rid of me. So, I want to be here for the long run. And I want to be the best I can be. I want to feel appreciated and just be understood. I just want to be a great football player.”
If that's truly his aim, he'll stick to making big plays and being a pain in the neck to cover. Not a pain in the neck because of his antics.