For the fifth game in a row last Sunday, Robby Anderson found himself celebrating a touchdown catch. The breakout second-year receiver now has seven touchdowns on the season and is coming off a career day against the Panthers with six catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
But catching the ball and making plays is not all that Todd Bowles is impressed with from Anderson. It's the little things he's improved on from his rookie season.
"I think he's still proving (himself)," Bowles said. "I think he's turned himself into a pretty good football player. You know he can run and you know he can catch the ball, but I think people miss the little things he does ̶ his work ethic, his blocking has improved, his understanding of the game has improved, his route running has improved and Coach (Karl) Dorrell has done a great job with him and he continues to get better."
Bowles believes Anderson is on his way to being a number one receiver in the NFL.
"He's working towards that right now," Bowles said. "He keeps ascending. It's only his second year. He has a chance to be."
Despite Anderson's huge game, the Jets lost to the Panthers 35-27. The Jets went ahead 20-18 in the fourth quarter before a Luke Kuechly fumble return for a touchdown then a Kaelin Clay 60 yard punt return for a touchdown gave the Panthers a 12 point lead with less than 10 minutes left to play.
"Sometimes (finishing games is) a mindset, you just have to do it on game day," said Bowles. "You have to learn how to win and right now we're learning how to win. Until we do that, it's always going to be somewhat of a mindset. It's not a detriment or saying people are doubting themselves, but we just have to finish ball games."