Anderson (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Analysis: The 29-year-old wideout played 10 games for Arizona after an October trade, catching seven of 17 targets for 76 yards while mostly serving as the team's fourth or fifth wide receiver. Anderson will need to accept a pay cut to have any shot at sticking with the team, as his current contract calls for a non-guaranteed $8.8 million base salary and $3 million roster bonus in 2023, the final year of the deal. He'll be a free agent if/when the Cardinals release him.
Jan 6, 2023 2:57 PM EST
Anderson (back) wasn't spotted on the field during Thursday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With consecutive absences from practice to begin Week 18 prep, Anderson doesn't appear to be in a good spot as Sunday's game in San Francisco approaches. Unless Anderson can fit in some on-field activity Friday, he could be ruled out upon the release of the Cardinals' final Week 18 injury report. If Anderson is sidelined for the season finale, a few extra snaps could be opened up for A.J. Green and/or Andre Baccellia.
Jan 5, 2023 11:28 AM EST
Anderson (back) didn't take part in Wednesday's walkthrough, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: With DeAndre Hopkins (knee) out for Week 18 and Rondale Moore (groin) and Antoine Wesley (groin) on injured reserve, the Cardinals wide receivers that are available Sunday at San Francisco may be busy. Having said that, Anderson isn't able to practice to begin the week due to the back injury that forced an early exit from this past Sunday's defeat in Atlanta. In the end, he has two more sessions to turn the tide as it pertains to his availability this coming weekend.
Jan 4, 2023 3:16 PM EST
Anderson (back) won't return to Sunday's contest in Atlanta.
Analysis: Anderson's Week 17 was abbreviated due to a back injury, resulting in one catch (on one target) for 13 yards. With DeAndre Hopkins (knee) inactive and Rondale Moore (groin) and Antoine Wesley (quadriceps) on IR, Marquise Brown, Greg Dortch, A.J. Green, Pharoh Cooper and Andre Baccellia are the available wide receivers on the Cardinals' active roster.
Jan 1, 2023 12:45 PM EST
Anderson is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Falcons with a back injury.
Analysis: Anderson caught his lone target for 13 yards before exiting Sunday's contest. While the nature and severity of this back issue are still unclear, the 29-year-old was seen heading to the locker room before the end of the first half, according to Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site. With No. 1 wideout DeAndre Hopkins (knee) already inactive, Arizona will likely rely on Marquise Brown, Greg Dortch and A.J. Green to buoy the team's passing attack for the time being.
Jan 1, 2023 11:43 AM EST
Anderson gathered in all four targets for 50 yards during Monday's 27-13 defeat to the Patriots.
Analysis: Since Carolina dealt him to Arizona in October, Anderson has been an afterthought in the Cardinals offense, combining for two catches (on 10 targets) for 13 yards and no touchdowns in his first six appearances with the team. His uptick in production Monday may stem from familiarity at practice with backup quarterback Colt McCoy, who replaced Kyler Murray (knee) after the third offensive snap of the game. If Murray's injury ends up being season-ending, Anderson could be a factor operating with McCoy for the last four contests of the campaign.
Dec 12, 2022 9:30 PM EST
Anderson caught one of three targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 25-24 loss to the Chargers.
Analysis: For the first time in his six-game Cardinals tenure, Anderson earned more than 40 percent of the snaps in back-to-back outings. He also recorded the first catch with his new club that netted a positive gain. With Marquise Brown returning to the lineup Sunday following a five-game absence, he and DeAndre Hopkins (14 combined targets) will dominate the looks from quarterback Kyler Murray moving forward, leaving Anderson to fend for scraps after the team's Week 13 bye.
Nov 28, 2022 9:03 PM EST
Anderson wasn't targeted while playing 33 of 71 offensive snaps during Monday's 38-10 defeat to the 49ers.
Analysis: Anderson has been active for all five games since the Cardinals acquired him from the Panthers before Week 7, but he has just one catch for minus-4 yards on seven targets. His 46 percent snap share Monday was his second-most with his current squad, but despite injuries throughout the receiving corps, he has yet to make much of a mark. If Marquise Brown (foot) is able to return from IR for Sunday's contest versus the Chargers, there's a chance Anderson is a healthy scratch in Week 12.
Nov 22, 2022 11:49 AM EST
Anderson played just eight of 68 offensive snaps during Sunday's 27-17 win at the Rams.
Analysis: A Week 9 game in which he earned 82 percent of the offensive snaps aside, Anderson has ranged between 10 and 18 percent in his other three appearances (12 percent Sunday) with the Cardinals since his trade from Carolina. In those four contests, he's gathered in just one of seven targets for minus-4 yards on his new squad. With the team's top tight end Zach Ertz (knee) out indefinitely, Anderson could begin to mix in more consistently behind DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore, but rookie second-round TE Trey McBride may be the best bet to step into the No. 3 spot in the passing game as long as Marquise Brown (foot) is sidelined.
Nov 14, 2022 8:56 PM EST
Anderson reeled in one of three targets for minus-4 yards during Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: Since landing in Arizona on Oct. 17, Anderson didn't surpass an 18 percent share of the offensive snaps and was held without a catch on four targets in his first two appearances with the team. He experienced a huge increase in usage to 83 percent of those plays Sunday, but he was rarely looked at by quarterback Kyler Murray, with Rondale Moore (10), Zach Ertz (eight), DeAndre Hopkins (five) and James Conner (five) all surpassing Anderson in targets. If the Cardinals continue to make a concerted effort involve Anderson, he eventually may be a threat in the offense, but for the time being he appears to be struggling to get on the same page with Murray.
Nov 7, 2022 8:23 PM EST
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that he's hopeful Anderson will have a bigger role Sunday against the Seahawks, Jose M. Romero of The Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Since arriving in Arizona from Carolina on Oct. 17, Anderson has played in both of the Cardinals' two games in the meantime, but his usage (19 offensive snaps) and target count (four) have yet to yield any production. Kingsbury specifically said the team will attempt to "force feed" him this weekend, but with wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore and tight end Zach Ertz taking on a huge portion of the available targets, Anderson still is waiting for his first catch with his new squad.
Nov 2, 2022 5:33 PM EST
Anderson was targeted three times but didn't record a catch during Sunday's 34-26 defeat at Minnesota.
Analysis: Among the Cardinals' five available wide receivers Week 8, Anderson finished behind the others in terms of offensive snap count (seven of 78), namely DeAndre Hopkins (78), Rondale Moore (77), A.J. Green (37) and Greg Dortch (20). With two games in Arizona under his belt, Anderson still doesn't have a reception on his four targets, and without an injury or role change to one of the players in front of him, he currently doesn't have a clear path to regular work.
Nov 1, 2022 9:22 PM EST
Anderson went without a catch on one target and played 12 of 66 offensive snaps during Thursday's 42-34 victory against the Saints.
Analysis: It marked Anderson's second matchup with the Saints this season, but it was the former Panther's first in a Cardinals uniform following his trade to the desert earlier in the week. With Marquise Brown (foot) and Antoine Wesley (hip) on injured reserve, Anderson mixed into the receiving corps behind DeAndre Hopkins (61 plays), Rondale Moore (59) and Greg Dortch (35) and ahead of A.J. Green (DNP). As he grows more accustomed to the playbook, Anderson may be able to usurp Dortch in the pecking order, but until he does his output may be sporadic or even nonexistent.
Oct 21, 2022 9:10 PM EST
Anderson may play "more than you'd expect" in his Cardinals debut Thursday against the Saints, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Following his trade from Carolina to Arizona on Monday, Anderson has had only two days to get up to speed with the Cardinals' playbook. While he initially was expected to get "15-to-20 snaps," per Rapoport, Anderson has acclimated quickly in his new home and could play a decent role Week 7. Anderson is helped by the fact that Marquise Brown (foot) is on injured reserve, but in any case the former will be a part of the team's options at wide receiver along with DeAndre Hopkins, Rondale Moore, A.J. Green and Greg Dortch on Thursday.
Oct 20, 2022 4:17 PM EST
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that Anderson's role will be minor if he plays in Thursday's game against the Saints, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Analysis: Anderson doesn't have much time to prepare after the Panthers traded him to the Cardinals on Monday, three days before his new team hosts the Saints. There's an opportunity ahead with Marquise Brown (foot) expected to miss extended time, but the safe bets for Week 7 targets in Arizona are WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore and TE Zach Ertz.
Oct 19, 2022 12:47 PM EST
Carolina traded Anderson to Arizona on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The trade comes one day after Anderson was sent off the field by interim head coach Steven Wilks during the team's Week 6 loss to the Rams. Anderson wasn't targeted during the game and was spotted in a verbal argument with wide receiver coach Joe Dailey, per Joe Person of The Athletic. Per Rapoport, the Panthers had been shopping Anderson since the firing of Matt Rhule following Week 5 and even contemplated releasing the wideout, but they were able to work out an undisclosed deal with the Cardinals, who may be without Marquise Brown (ankle) for an extended period. However, Arizona is expected to get DeAndre Hopkins back in Week 7 after he served a six-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing substances policy, so Anderson figures to slot in as the Cardinals' No. 2 or 3 wideout. Given the upgrade at quarterback, this seems to be a positive development for Anderson's overall fantasy potential, but he may face an adjustment period to start.
Oct 17, 2022 10:26 AM EST
Anderson was sent off the field by coach Steve Wilks during Sunday's game against the Rams, Anthony Rizzuti of USA Today reports.
Analysis: The report indicates that the wideout -- who wasn't targeted Sunday -- had openly exhibited his frustrations during the contest prior to being sent to the locker room by Wilks. Per David Newton of ESPN, there was already speculation that Anderson was a player the Panthers might consider trading and given Sunday's events, it remains to be seen what his status will be ahead of next weekend's game against the Buccaneers.
Oct 16, 2022 4:04 PM EST
Anderson (illness) is listed as active Sunday at the Rams, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Tacked on to the Panthers' injury report Friday as a non-participant due to an illness, Anderson is feeling well enough to be available to the team Week 6. It's unclear if he'll be impacted in any way, but he nonetheless will be one of P.J. Walker's top targets with Baker Mayfield (ankle) sidelined. While Anderson has hauled in just 13 of 27 targets through five games, he's averaging 15.8 yards per catch, which is good for a tie for 12th in the NFL this season.
Oct 16, 2022 11:38 AM EST
Anderson (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams after not practicing Friday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Anderson practiced fully Wednesday and Thursday, so his addition to the Panthers' injury report Friday is notable and his status should be monitored ahead of Sunday's 4:05 ET kickoff. If Anderson is out this weekend, Shi Smith and Terrace Marshall would be next up for added WR reps behind DJ Moore, with Laviska Shenault (hamstring) already ruled out for Week 6.
Oct 14, 2022 9:02 AM EST
Anderson caught one of five targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 37-15 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: Anderson's lone reception was Carolina's longest offensive play of the game, but it was another frustrating performance from the team's passing attack. Furthermore, with Baker Mayfield (ankle) being injured Sunday, the Panthers may be forced to start P.J. Walker in Week 6 versus the Rams, which could cap Anderson's upside even more.
Oct 10, 2022 5:42 PM EST
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