The first few camp practices, Jets WR Robbie Anderson didn't look like a guy who made much progress at all. He wasn't creating separation, kept dropping wide-open passes, and got in two skirmishes when frustration boiled over. Poor quarterback play didn't help, but few could deny Anderson looked lost.
Then Quincy Enunwa went down, an opportunity presented itself, and the 24-year-old took it and ran.
Anderson, who gained roughly 10 pounds this offseason, had a practice where he burnt cornerback Juston Burris for a would-be 70-yard touchdown. In another, he made a stunning one-handed grab for a long score up the right sideline. It was one of three touchdowns for him that day.
Each day, Anderson seems to do something else. His coaches are taking notice.
"Robby's definitely improving," receivers coach Karl Dorrell said. "He's understanding the mindset it takes to be a professional going into his second year in terms of how hard you work at practice, and prepare off the field ... I think in his mind, he sees himself trying to build off what he did last year.
Anderson is the de facto WR1 now that Quincy Enunwa is on the shelf for the year. From Week 10 on, he averaged 3.3 catches for 55 yards and 0.29 touchdowns, so he's a fantasy WR5 with upside, given his likely role.