The defending champion Philadelphia Eagles were desperate for an upgrade at wide receiver, which is why they were willing to part with a third-round pick in exchange for Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate at Tuesday's trade deadline.
He wasn't their first choice, however. According to reports, the Eagles first tried to land Robby Anderson from the New York Jets, but were rebuffed by Gang Green in their attempts to acquire the speedy receiver.
The Jets resisted trade proposals (including from the Eagles) before deadline for speedy vertical threat Robby Anderson because Sam Darnold's development remains the priority, according to sources.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 4, 2018
Anderson, a New Jersey native, signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent out of Temple in 2016. He developed into a top threat last year, going for 941 yards and 7 TDs, and has become the primary deep threat for rookie QB Sam Darnold.
The good news for Darnold on top of keeping his top vertical receiver is that Anderson is officially a go for this week's game against the Dolphins. He had previously been listed as questionable with an ankle injury.
Official:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 4, 2018
Dalvin Cook: In
Stefon Diggs: Out
Xavier Rhodes: In
Allen Robinson: Out
Khalil Mack: Out
Ziggy Ansah: In
Quincy Enunwa: In
Robby Anderson: In
Ty Montgomery: Out
While Anderson might not be able to haul in too many deep balls in what's expected to be a wet and wild one in Miami, it's gotta feel good for Darnold to know he's in the fold for the foreseeable future.
As for the Eagles, it ended up working out for them, but it's clear they wanted a younger player considering they went after Amari Cooper as well.