18 Sep 2020

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Robby Anderson Free Agent Scouting Report

BIO:

Undrafted Free Agent out of Temple, the 4th year WR saw a late-season surge at the end of 2019, but still, I think teams see the very thin frame and poor play-strength and he becomes the victim of a deep WR class.

PROS:

Good height, but low weight and strength severely limit Anderson as anything other than a deep-ball threat. Anderson was featured in the slot in many bunch formations, and alone in the X and Z spots. Anderson’s speed is the first thing that stands out on film; his 4.34 speed jumps off the tape and is always a home run threat. His acceleration off the LOS commands safety help on deep routes and opens the field for his teammates. He does an excellent job beating soft-press against non-physical corners, but will struggle against more physical corners in press coverage due to his rail-thin frame and poor strength. He possesses very quick feet to freeze defenders, and a good single solid release in soft press, although his release moves can become predictable on run vs. pass plays, and needs to use his hands more to beat press. When he gets a free release, he creates good separation in tight spaces, and accelerates past defenders without having to stack, and runs his routes with great decisiveness to play to his speed. Gets his head around quickly and effectively tracks the ball and always knows where the sideline and first-down markers are. He does a good job finding the seams, getting inside leverage on defenders, and finding soft spots deep over the middle, or continuing his route outside the hash marks without taking himself out of the play.

CONS:

Anderson tends to do a poor job staying friendly for his QB once the ball is coming his way, drifting upfield and giving the defender a play on the ball and ends up as a deflected pass or interception. He makes every route look the same coming off the LOS, and gives him an advantage on Slants, Deep Outs and Dig routes, as well as the Deep Ball. After the catch, Anderson shows very little agility, and doesn’t possess the strength to break tackles despite his willingness to try and run through tacklers. Starting the X/Z spots, he can win with speed in iso situations, but struggles playing in the slot if asked to go over the middle. When he’s not been involved in the offense, his body language shows it. In those situations late in game when it’s a guaranteed loss, or he’s been shut out, Anderson displays poor mental toughness and seems to mentally check himself out of games.

PROJECTION:

Given his height, speed, and age, Anderson is pretty much a fit for any team who likes to chuck it deep. Good thing about him; the mental processing allows him to play to his elite speed, but that’s about the extent of his ability’s worth getting excited over. Also, his ugly run-in with the law a few years back has got to be a concern for a team that’s willing to hand him millions. The speed and deep-threat abilities are there, and, I say he has cons because that’s just what they are, but are they really cons if we can project them? For instance, if you know Anderson struggles against press coverage, why not line him up off the LOS? Most likely he’s struggling because he can’t beat the CB to his hip and create the angle because you’ve asked him to win with strength rather than speed, so you line him up off the LOS i.e. Desean Jackson and give him that extra yard-yard and a half to beat the defender. Anderson has value in this league, but it’ll take the right offensive mind to see those struggles and keep Anderson in advantageous situations to win his matchups. With that said, that isn’t worth nearly what Anderson thought he was going to receive as a FA.

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