5 Panthers players on course for the Pro Bowl through Week 4

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Robby Anderson – Carolina Panthers WR

More than a few eyebrows were raised when Robby Anderson was given a two-year, $20 million deal by the Carolina Panthers in free agency. The wide receiver performed well despite the clear lack of talent around him on the New York Jets, but there is no disputing the fact that he has hit the ground running in a new environment.

Anderson has been absolutely electrifying through the first four weeks of the season. He has made a difference not only on deep routes. But his ability to get separation quickly has proved crucial for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in his bid to move the chains over short to intermediate routes.

The former Temple star has collected 28 receptions from 34 targets, securing 377 receiving yards, one touchdown, and a yards-per-catch average of 13.5. Anderson has quickly emerged as the No. 1 wideout in Carolina and he has more than lived up to his billing so far.

Offensive coordinator Joe Brady has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal. Some of his play-calling was suspect early on, but the progressing young mind now seems to have found the right formula for success.

Anderson will be a focal point of this, of that there is little doubt. His 74.5 grade from Pro Football Focus is an eye-catching increase from the 68.6 he achieved in 2019 and the player would be a lock for the Pro Bowl if this trend continues throughout the season.