Carolina Panthers: 3 role players that will thrive in Joe Brady’s offense

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Carolina Panthers Player No. 1: Robby Anderson (WR)

The Carolina Panthers signed speedy wide receiver Robby Anderson, who spent the previous four years with the New York Jets in a big-money deal that included a fully-guaranteed $20 million over a two-year period.

Anderson is an extremely effective deep threat receiver due to his 4.41-second 40-yard dash speed. His 6-foot-3 frame also allows him to go up and grab jump balls from smaller defensive backs.

When looking at the offense that Joe Brady ran last season at LSU, Anderson is truly a perfect piece to the puzzle. Brady used his speedy players to stretch the field and help keep the opposing teams’ safeties far away from the line of scrimmage.

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The Panthers’ recent acquisition will help to command double teams which should allow McCaffrey and Moore to get open in the short-to-intermediate passing game. His ability to catch under pressure is something of a concern. But he could prove a very useful asset to call upon as the season goes on.

Anderson will be used as more than just a decoy, however. The former Temple Owl has a knack for making big plays when given the opportunity. Last year he caught a 92-yard touchdown which was one of the longest plays from scrimmage in the league.

The Panther’s starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is known for checking the ball down and being extremely accurate with the football. Having Anderson on the roster will force the signal-caller out of his comfort zone due to the wideout’s ability to get open on deep routes.

This will help out the entire offense because defenses will not be able to comfortably stack the box against Carolina’s best player. This, in turn, might give McCaffrey more room to work with.