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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
Anderson caught one of two targets for just eight yards in Thursday night's 24-9 win over the Texans.
Analysis: Anderson has gotten off to a relatively slow start this season, managing just five catches through Carolina's first three contests. His first target Thursday resulted in a drop and Anderson was only looked at once afterward. Conversely, teammate DJ Moore fueled the Panthers offense without Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) available for most the game, finishing with over 125 receiving yards. With a long preparation period before Week 4's trip to Dallas, Anderson -- who caught 95 passes for over 1,000 yards last season -- will strive to re-establish his presence in the passing game.
Sep 23, 2021 8:33 PM EST
Anderson caught three of six targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 26-7 win over the Saints.
Analysis: So far, the reunion between Anderson and Sam Darnold hasn't resulted in much production for the wideout aside from a 57-yard TD in Week 1 -- the only target he saw in that game. Instead, DJ Moore has quickly emerged as Darnold's preferred option among his new group of wide receivers. Anderson at least saw solid target volume in this one, and he'll look to build on that performance Thursday on the road against a Texans secondary that gave up big numbers to both DJ Chark and Marvin Jones in Houston's opener.
Sep 19, 2021 2:47 PM EST
Anderson caught one of three targets for a 57-yard touchdown in Sunday's 19-14 win over the Jets.
Analysis: Anderson's only catch was a huge one, as he got behind the defense for a 57-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The speedster fleshed out his skill tree en route to career highs in catches (95) and receiving yards (1,096) last season, but his bread and butter is still the deep ball. He took advantage of the Jets' inexperienced secondary in the opener and will look to do the same in Week 2 against the injury-riddled Saints unit.
Sep 12, 2021 1:40 PM EST
Anderson recorded two receptions on five targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason contest against the Steelers.
Analysis: Anderson played with the first-team offense throughout the initial two quarters. He didn't do much until the end of the half, when he hauled in an eight-yard touchdown with 28 seconds remaining. It is worth noting that most of his receptions and targets came near the line of scrimmage, highlighting potential usage that will be worth monitoring into the regular season. Anderson will now turn his focus to a Week 1 matchup against the Jets.
Aug 27, 2021 9:30 PM EST
Anderson is expected to start Friday's preseason contest against the Steelers, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It's unclear if Anderson will get as much playing time as starting quarterback Sam Darnold, but the pair was out there almost the exact amount of snaps (six versus seven, respectively, on offense) in preseason Week 2, so they may get up to two quarters of action. Anderson is fresh off signing a two-year, $29.5 million extension earlier this week, so the Panthers may not want to risk it too much considering the recent investment.
Aug 27, 2021 3:56 PM EST
Anderson is signing a two-year, $29.5 million extension with the Panthers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Anderson signed a two-year, $20 contract last spring and responded with his first 1,000-yard season. The Panthers still have plenty of weaknesses, but wide receiver should be an annual strength with Anderson, DJ Moore and Terrace Marshall all under team control through 2023. It remains to be seen if QB Sam Darnold and OC Joe Brady are able to keep all three receivers well-fed in an offense that also has volume-hog Christian McCaffrey and a potential TE upgrade in Dan Arnold.
Aug 24, 2021 9:11 AM EST
Anderson (hamstring) caught a 16-yard reception on one target in Saturday's preseason game against Baltimore.
Analysis: Anderson's catch was the only completion for starting quarterback Sam Darnold, who Anderson previously worked well with while playing for the Jets. If Anderson's hamstring issue stays behind him then he should be in position to maintain the momentum he generated in last year's 95-catch breakout season.
Aug 21, 2021 7:30 PM EST
Anderson (hamstring) is dressed for Saturday's preseason game against Baltimore, Charlotte Observer writer Alaina Getzenberg reports.
Analysis: Anderson had missed practice time with the hamstring and wasn't initially expected to play in Saturday's game, so it might be taken for a good sign that Anderson was allowed to dress for the game Saturday. He's still not guaranteed to play live snaps against Baltimore. If healthy Anderson will likely lock into the starting role opposite D.J. Moore, a role that could entail a big workload after catching 95 passes in 2020.
Aug 21, 2021 3:43 PM EST
Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer doesn't expect Anderson (hamstring) to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens.
Analysis: The wideout was spotted doing some work during warmups, but the report suggests that Anderson is likely to be held out Saturday after missing both joint practices with Baltimore this past week. Fellow wideout DJ Moore (back also) seems unlikely to play in the contest, per Getzenberg.
Aug 21, 2021 2:40 PM EST
Anderson (hamstring) isn't practicing Thursday, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: Anderson hasn't practiced this week after hurting his hamstring last Friday. He did watch Wednesday's practice from the sideline, and he's riding an exercise bike on the side Thursday morning. It doesn't appear serious, but the wideout still figures to miss Saturday's preseason game against Baltimore.
Aug 19, 2021 5:49 AM EST
Anderson is dealing with a hamstring injury, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: The wideout was an observer at Wednesday's practice after suffering the injury late last week. The Panthers held key starters out of their preseason opener, and while many of those players figure to suit up this Saturday against Baltimore, it's possible Anderson won't be one of them. However, coach Matt Rhule didn't sound worried about a long-term absence.
Aug 18, 2021 8:01 AM EST
Anderson isn't practicing Wednesday and seems to be dealing with a minor injury, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: The wideout reportedly tweaked something in a joint practice with the Colts last Friday. He then missed Sunday's preseason game against the Colts, though he presumably wouldn't have played even if he'd been healthy, given that Sam Darnold, DJ Moore and other key starters were held out. In any case, Anderson could also miss Carolina's second preseason game this Sunday against Baltimore, but it doesn't sound like his injury is serious. He was present at Wednesday's practice, wearing a helmet but no pads.
Aug 18, 2021 7:09 AM EST
Anderson likely will be a DNP for Sunday's preseason game at Indianapolis, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: Coach Matt Rhule plans to sit most of the starters but only specifically said Sam Darnold by name. But Rhule's list likely includes Anderson, DJ Moore and Christian McCaffrey as well. Anderson has been on the receiving end of passes from Darnold in the past when they were teammates on the Jets. The wide receiver fared modestly, putting up very similar stat lines in both 2018 (50-752-6 on 94 targets) and 2019 (52-779-5 on 96 targets). After moving on to Carolina in the 2020 offseason, he broke out with 95 catches for 1,096 yards and three scores working primarily with the departed Teddy Bridgewater, so the Panthers likely hope familiarity with Darnold will help Anderson carry over that success into the coming campaign.
Aug 13, 2021 3:28 PM EST
Anderson has spoken positively of quarterback Sam Darnold's transition to the Panthers, ESPN's David Newton reports.
Analysis: Anderson is reunited with Darnold this season after the pair played together on the Jets in the 2018 and 2019 campaigns. Those were Darnold's first two years in the NFL and coincided with Anderson leading New York in receiving over that span. The wideout has taken note of Darnold's fresh demeanor away from the bright, big-city spotlight this offseason, and believes the signal-caller will have an easier time learning Carolina's playbook. If all goes well, a more comfortable Darnold could help he and Anderson pick up where they left off and build upon Anderson's success in 2020, when he finished with career highs in catches (95), targets (136) and receiving yards (1,096) in his first season as a Panther.
Jul 1, 2021 9:28 AM EST
Anderson caught three of seven targets for 40 yards during Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Anderson made a splash with his 31-yard long gain but managed just nine yards between his other two grabs. He was lost in the shuffle a bit in this one as DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel had big games, but he finishes the season with new career highs of 95 receptions and 1,096 yards to go along with three touchdowns. Anderson should maintain a large role next season -- especially if Samuel leaves in free agency -- and will look to improve upon his first campaign with the Panthers.
Jan 3, 2021 6:29 PM EST
Robinson (groin) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Robinson went down as a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, though he was present for the session and sported a no-contact jersey while he worked out. According to Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site, Anderson ditched the jersey for the portion of Thursday's session that was open to the media, and his listing as a full participant on the official report implies he did in fact take contact in some capacity. With that, Anderson looks like he'll enter Sunday's season finale against the Saints without any restrictions.
Dec 31, 2020 12:01 PM EST
Anderson (groin) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Anderson was spotted wearing a red non-contact jersey at the start of the session, and after logging no reps whatsoever, a groin injury was the reason for his lack of activity. The fifth year of his career has been one of personal bests in catches (92) and receiving yards (1,056), but he only has three touchdowns on 129 targets. Now, it remains to be seen if he'll see another pass from Teddy Bridgewater this season.
Dec 30, 2020 1:00 PM EST
Anderson is wearing a red non-contact jersey at Wednesday's practice, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Anderson handled his usual snap share during last weekend's win over Washington, in which he secured seven of 10 targets for 39 yards and a score. It's possible that the veteran wideout is simply receiving a day of rest. In any case, Wednesday's official practice report will reveal whether Anderson is dealing with any sort of injury.
Dec 30, 2020 9:49 AM EST
Anderson recorded seven receptions on 10 targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against Washington.
Analysis: Despite plenty of opportunity, Anderson turned in an inefficient performance by averaging only 3.9 yards per target. He did manage to tally his third touchdown of the season on a 14-yard reception late in the second quarter -- also his longest reception of the day. After this disappointing performance, Anderson will look to cap off his career-best season with a strong effort in Week 17 against the Saints.
Dec 27, 2020 6:52 PM EST
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