Sam Darnold-Robby Anderson reunion may make huge Jets remorse worse


One in every of Joe Douglas’ huge Jets regrets has an opportunity to look worse.

The Jets buying and selling Sam Darnold to the Panthers for a haul of draft picks means he will get to reunite with former teammate Robby Anderson. Douglas let Anderson get away in free company final yr, leaving Darnold with out certainly one of his favourite targets. Now he’s risking that duo takes off elsewhere after Anderson had the very best season of his profession in 2020.

Carolina, nonetheless, has to hope Darnold and Anderson can reconnect on the sector higher than they did with Gang Inexperienced. Anderson, 27, excelled away from the previous USC star final season, catching 95 passes for 1,096 yards and three touchdowns with Teddy Bridgewater largely beneath middle. He did catch six touchdowns from Darnold, 23, in 2018 and 5 a yr later, however by no means recorded greater than 779 yards receiving of their two seasons collectively.

Douglas admitted they could have miscalculated the free-agent market. Anderson signed a two-year, $20 million contract with Carolina final offseason.

Robby Anderson and Sam Darnold performed two seasons along with the Jets and at the moment are reunited in Carolina.
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“I’ve considered Robby lots. As you guys know, there’s hundreds of choices that come throughout your desk all year long and I’m going again and I have a look at what I may have executed higher in particular conditions,” Douglas stated at a press convention in November when requested if he regretted letting Anderson go. “I assumed our guys actually did a unbelievable job of actually analyzing each place group’s market worth main as much as free company final yr and I believe what was mistaken with us and Robby, we thought that Robby’s worth was going to be even better than what he signed for in Carolina.

“I believe that’s on me finally and that’s on us shifting ahead to get a greater deal with on each participant’s market worth. Truthfully, we might all like to see Robby right here doing what he’s doing and I tip my hat to the success he has, however clearly we don’t wish to be within the enterprise of dropping huge gamers.”

Darnold and Anderson’s relationship was introduced into query final season after Anderson replied with a considering and frowning emoji to a 55-second video of Jets quarterbacks, together with Darnold, lacking him when he was open throughout his tenure. The undrafted extensive receiver rapidly put that to relaxation.

“I ain’t throwing shade Sam my boy we jus ain’t join f I hate missed alternatives wats da subject?,” Anderson wrote. “Da jets wasn’t my solely selection comin out undrafted I felt it was da greatest match.”

With the Jets prone to take BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the No. 2 decide within the 2021 NFL Draft, Darnold and Anderson will get an opportunity to see if they will create the extent of success on the sector that escaped them in New York. If may add much more regrets for Douglas if Wilson doesn’t pan out.


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