Veteran deep threat wide receiver tabbed as a fit for the Detroit Lions

Whatever name he's going by now, a veteran deep threat receiver has been tabbed a fit for the Detroit Lions
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Once upon a time, Robbie Anderson was a downfield wide receiver who made people wonder what he could do if he had a decent quarterback with the New York Jets. In 2020 with the Carolina Panthers, he topped 1,000 yards for the first time in his career with a robust 95 receptions

But more recently, Anderson has been cycling through teams about as often as he has changed his name. He split the 2022 season between the Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals, and this week he was released by the Miami Dolphins. Meanwhile, his legal name has gone from Robby with a 'y' to Robbie with an 'ie' to Chosen Anderson to now Robbie Chosen since 2022.

Anderson averaged 14.1 yards per catch over limited production last season. So in a vacuum, he can still be a viable downfield threat for a lot of teams. But at this point, 30 years old, he's clinging to an NFL future.

Robbie Chosen named as a fit for the Detroit Lions

Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus listed out a few notable free agents after roster cuts, Anderson...or Chosen, among them, with potential landing spots for each. The Lions are among the landing spots for Chosen.

"Robbie Chosen is not far removed from a 95-reception, 1,096-yard season in 2020 with the Carolina Panthers and can still stretch the field for a handful of teams in 2023. The speedster broke off a 75-yard reception in Week 1 of 2022, finishing with a stat line of five receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. From that point on, with Carolina and eventually Arizona, the production wasn’t really there, but Chosen’s 14.6-yard average depth of target was near the top of the NFL.

Potential landing spots: Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions"

Brad Spielberger, Pro Football Focus

The Lions could possibly still use a downfield threat at wide receiver, and Anderson....sorry, Chosen...would fit that bill. But on the other hand, rookie Antoine Green seems well-suited to the role and showed he deserves an opportunity in the preseason finale. If the Lions were going to add someone of an experienced note to help there, they probably would have done it by now.

Anderson may find a new team fairly soon. It's just won't be the Lions.

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