Anderson agreed to restructure his contract with the Panthers on Friday, creating $5.9 million in cap space, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Carolina converted $11.8 million of Anderson's salary into a signing bonus. Anderson is heading into his age-29 season, and the final year of his deal with the Panthers, and staring down an uncertain quarterback situation. With just Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker currently holding down the fort in Carolina's quarterback room, it seems all but certain that the team will explore more options for the the 2022 season.
Mar 18, 2022 6:14 AM EST
Anderson caught seven of eight targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Anderson matched his season high in receptions, with his signature contribution coming on a superb, over-the-shoulder touchdown catch from 19 yards on a fourth-down play during the fourth quarter. Despite his commendable performance Sunday, Anderson's season overall didn't go as planned, as uneven quarterback play, primarily from Sam Darnold, inhibited Carolina's offense over the course of the campaign. While playing all 17 games, Anderson managed just 53 catches on 110 targets for 519 yards and five scores, representing a significant decline from his 95-catch, 1,000-yard campaign in 2020. Having signed an extension prior to the season, though, Anderson is slated to return to the Panthers in 2022, when as things stand he'll again figure to complement DJ Moore in the starting lineup.
Jan 9, 2022 5:06 PM EST
Anderson (quadriceps) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The veteran speedster will thus mark the fourth consecutive absence-free campaign of his career. Despite that accomplishment, it's been an otherwise frustrating season for Anderson while dealing with very spotty quarterback play, as he enters Sunday's finale with a pedestrian 46-469-4 line, the yardage tally qualifying as a career-low figure.
Jan 9, 2022 12:07 PM EST
Anderson (quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, with Panthers coach Matt Rhule labeling the wideout as a game-time decision after he missed practice throughout the week, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: For all that's gone wrong this season, Anderson has at least managed to stay on the field, hitting the 16-game mark for a fifth time in six pro seasons. Production has been another story of course, though he did have one of his better games (relatively speaking) when the Panthers faced the Bucs two weeks ago, catching five of 10 targets for 58 yards. Anderson then dropped back to 10 yards on two target in last week's loss to the Saints, and he's now in danger of missing the season finale, potentially leaving more work for Brandon Zylstra and Alex Erickson. Rookie wideout Terrace Marshall (foot) is on injured reserve, while Shi Smith landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. The Panthers are scheduled for a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff this Sunday.
Jan 7, 2022 9:14 AM EST
Anderson (quadriceps) isn't participating at Thursday's practice, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Unless Anderson is able to fit in some on-field work at Friday's practice, it's looking increasingly likely that the Panthers will be forced to rely on top target DJ Moore and committee of relatively unproven options at receiver for Sunday's season finale in Tampa Bay. Anderson has missed consecutive practices and is seemingly trending toward sitting out Week 18, while Terrace Marshall (foot) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday and Shi Smith (illness) landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. At this stage, only Marshall can officially be ruled out for Sunday.
Jan 6, 2022 10:05 AM EST
Anderson didn't practice Wednesday due to a quadriceps injury.
Analysis: Anderson didn't experience a downtick in his snap count this past Sunday in New Orleans, earning 98 percent of offensive plays on his way to hauling in both of his targets for 10 yards. With a health concern now in tow, his activity level will be something to watch Thursday and Friday to get a sense of his potential to play Week 18 at Tampa Bay.
Jan 5, 2022 11:29 AM EST
Anderson caught both of his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 18-10 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Anderson was decent in quarterback Sam Darnold's return last week, but Sunday's performance reverted to his prior standard with Darnold under center this season. The wideout was hardly involved as Carolina failed to threaten downfield, resulting in Anderson's seventh game with under 20 receiving yards this term. He'll strive to at least finish the campaign on a positive note in Week 18 versus the Buccaneers, when game flow might result more opportunities to make plays.
Jan 2, 2022 4:53 PM EST
Anderson brought in five of 10 targets for 58 yards in the Panthers' 32-6 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Analysis: Anderson drew even with DJ Moore for the team lead in receptions while pacing the Buccaneers in receiving yardage as well. The speedster was partly hamstrung by the inefficient play of both Cam Newton and Sam Darnold under center, but he at least extended what has been a reasonably productive late-season stretch for the previously struggling Anderson. Factoring in Sunday's production, Anderson now has 15 receptions (30 targets) for 171 yards and a touchdown over the last three games, giving him some modest momentum ahead of a Week 17 road matchup against the Saints.
Dec 26, 2021 4:23 PM EST
Anderson caught three passes for 29 yards on eight targets and ran for 33 yards on two carries against Buffalo on Sunday.
Analysis: It might not all be Anderson's fault -- the quarterback play for Carolina in 2021 has been bad at best -- but the fact is Anderson is in the midst of a legendarily inefficient season. With this game in the books Anderson now has just 39 catches for 401 yards and four touchdowns on 89 targets, meaning he has caught just 43.8 percent of his targets at 4.5 yards per target. Those numbers hardly seem possible, and they're discouraging to the point that it's difficult to hold any hope for Anderson with the Buccaneers up next.
Dec 19, 2021 2:34 PM EST
Anderson brought in seven of 12 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' 29-21 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran speedster finally had what could be considered a breakout game by his lowly 2021 standards, with both his reception and receiving yardage totals serving as season highs. Anderson also got into the end zone for the second time in the last four games when he recorded a five-yard touchdown grab from P.J. Walker with 3:11 remaining. Anderson's first opportunity to build on his momentum comes in a difficult Week 15 road matchup against the Bills.
Dec 12, 2021 2:40 PM EST
Anderson brought in one of four targets for 15 yards in the Panthers' 33-10 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.
Analysis: A week after recording five receptions in the first start of Cam Newton's second tenure with the Panthers, Anderson saw a disappointing downturn. It's been an undeniably underwhelming year for the speedster overall, and unless Newton significantly picks up his play, Anderson will continue to have an uphill battle to a serviceable fantasy line during a Week 14 home matchup against the Falcons following a Week 13 bye.
Nov 28, 2021 4:30 PM EST
Anderson caught five of six targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 27-21 loss to Washington.
Analysis: Anderson trailed only tailback Christian McCaffrey in receptions, tying fellow wideout DJ Moore with his handful of grabs. Although his long gain was only 11 yards, it was good to see Anderson's involvement increase in quarterback Cam Newton's first start. The wideout matched his season-high in catches Sunday, bringing his tally to nine over the past two weeks, an encouraging sign after managing just one in the two weeks prior. Next up for Anderson is a matchup against a familiar foe in the Dolphins in Week 12.
Nov 21, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Anderson caught four of six targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-10 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: Anderson enjoyed his best game in a while despite Carolina being without former starting quarterback Sam Darnold (shoulder). The wideout hauled in a two-yard touchdown from recent signing Cam Newton during the first quarter, marking Anderson's first score since Week 6. With a few other grabs as well, Anderson topped 35 yards for just the fourth time this season. While still not overly productive, Anderson's performance Sunday at least carries him toward Week 11's matchup versus Washington with positive momentum.
Nov 14, 2021 5:41 PM EST
Anderson caught one of three targets for two yards in Sunday's 24-6 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Anderson was once again a virtual non-factor after putting up a goose egg last Sunday. Although no wideout other than DJ Moore caught more than one pass amid quarterback Sam Darnold's continued struggles, Anderson has now gone four straight games without topping 15 receiving yards. Such little recent production makes it hard to expect much from Anderson in Week 10 versus the Cardinals.
Nov 7, 2021 1:31 PM EST
Anderson didn't catch his only target in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Falcons.
Analysis: Anderson was rocked on his lone target, leaving him down on the field afterward. Although the wideout returned to Sunday's contest, he wasn't involved in the passing game beyond that play. His goose egg added to what's been a very disappointing campaign, as Anderson has topped 50 yards just once through eight outings. With merely 25 yards over his last three appearances, he's not an attractive option ahead of Week 9's matchup versus the Patriots.
Oct 31, 2021 1:41 PM EST
Anderson recorded three receptions on nine targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 25-3 loss to the Giants.
Analysis: Anderson finished second on the team in targets behind only DJ Moore, but he continued to struggle to produce with efficiency. He managed only 1.6 yards per target and his longest reception went for five yards. Anderson has seen a minimum of seven targets in each of the last four weeks, yet has failed to record more than 46 yards in any game.
Oct 24, 2021 6:19 PM EST
Anderson had three receptions (11 targets) for 11 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-28 overtime loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: Sam Darnold struggled tremendously in this one, completing just 41 percent of his pass attempts, which helps explain the abysmal catch rate Anderson turned in. The touchdown helped salvage what would have been a horrible fantasy performance from the 28-year-old wideout. Overall its been a disappointing campaign for Anderson, who has struggled to find any sort of success since Darnold took over. A favorable matchup against the Giants is on tap next Sunday, but Anderson's early-season struggles makes him a hard player to rely upon.
Oct 17, 2021 4:00 PM EST
Anderson caught two of seven targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 21-18 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: Anderson had a 25-yard gain on Carolina's last offensive drive, but he then saw quarterback Sam Darnold intercepted while targeting him on the next play. Overall, it proved too little, too late for Anderson, who has disappointed to start this season. Through five games, he's averaging just over 35 yards per contest and boasts merely 12 catches and one touchdown. Although it'd be surprising if Anderson -- who led the Panthers with 95 receptions for 1,096 yards last season -- didn't breakthrough before long, his very slow start dampens his outlook in Week 6 versus the Vikings.
Oct 10, 2021 4:22 PM EST
Anderson recorded five receptions on 11 targets for 46 yards in Sunday's Week 4 loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: Anderson had commanded only 11 targets combined between the team's first three games, and he matched that with his performance Sunday. Despite the volume, Anderson wasn't able to translate that into much production as he managed only 4.2 yards per target. Sam Darnold has shown strong rapport with DJ Moore early on, to the detriment of Anderson. Through four games this season, Anderson has surpassed 50 receiving yards only once.
Oct 3, 2021 6:23 PM EST
Coach Matt Rhule said the Panthers need to find a way to get Anderson the ball, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Coming off a career year with 136 targets, Anderson has seen just 11 looks through three games, with nearly all of his production coming on a 57-yard TD in Week 1. His snaps shares have trended downward with each passing week -- from 81 percent to 74 to 64 -- but that's largely due to game script with the Panthers sitting on big leads the past two games. Fellow wideout D.J. Moore is up to 22-285-1 on 31 targets, far ahead of both Anderson and No. 3 receiver Terrace Marshall (14 targets), though the latter two could see more looks while RB Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) is on the shelf.
Sep 24, 2021 3:55 PM EST
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