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Jets’ Henry Anderson living large as ‘Goose’ mystery widens

Jets’ Henry Anderson living large as ‘Goose’ mystery widens

Henry Anderson’s nickname travels well. The moniker — Goose — was hatched at Stanford, circa 2011. It went from Palo Alto, California, to the Indianapolis Colts to the New York Jets. Crazy thing is, no one on the Jets seems to know the genesis of Goose. And he’s not telling.discount nfl jerseys

“There are half-truths that have been released to certain media, especially in college,” he said with a smile, alluding to a Madden NFL video-game contest from his freshman year in which he went scoreless in the fourth quarter — a goose egg. “The true origin, I can’t really say it. It’s kind of a secret.”10

The point is, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound defensive end is developing into a reliable wing man for Leonard Williams. Anderson is tied for second on the team in sacks (a career-high 2.5) and third in quarterback hits (five) and leads the defensive linemen in batted passes (four). The Jets stole him from the Colts, whom they face Sunday at MetLife Stadium. On Day 3 of the draft, they traded a seventh-round pick for Anderson, hoping he could provide stability as Muhammad Wilkerson’s replacement.

The Jets liked Anderson when he came out of Stanford in 2015, although they believed he was overdrafted as a third-rounder. Still, they saw potential, especially in their 3-4 scheme. He became available because the Colts, with a new coaching staff, switched to a 4-3 front.discount nfl jerseys china

When Anderson plays, he produces, but he’s had trouble staying on the field. He tore an ACL as a rookie and last season he suffered a frightening throat injury — a fractured larynx, the result of an elbow from Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller. Anderson finished the game, but he struggled afterward to drink water and eat food. A scan the next day revealed his voice box was in bad shape.

The doctors told him he risked permanent damage to his voice if he didn’t have surgery. The fractured cartilage was poking into his vocal cords, he said, and there was a chance it wouldn’t heal properly on its own. A week later he had the surgery, ending his season after nine games.