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Robby Anderson’s emergence as a No. 1 receiver

Robby Anderson was the second biggest name to join in free agency behind quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. There were plenty of eyebrows raised when the Carolina Panthers gave him a two-year, $20 million deal with an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million guaranteed to end the wide receiver’s misery with the New York Jets, but it is another decision that deserves an enormous amount of credit.

Anderson has not only become a valuable member of the passing game in Carolina, but he can also now be considered as the No. 1 wideout after an exceptional first half of the campaign. The Panthers have a potent trio of receivers that also includes Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore, with the former Temple standout strengthening this area immensely.

It’s hard not to root for a guy like Anderson. He has a lovable personality that really comes across during interviews, with his affection for head coach Matt Rhule from their time together in college another vital element to the player hitting the ground running that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Anderson’s deep route prowess has been there for all to see during his career. What is equally as impressive is the wideout’s ability to get open quickly and provide Bridgewater with a valuable catching option on short to intermediate packages.

This has resulted in 51 receptions from 67 targets, 688 receiving yards, one touchdown, 293 yards after the catch, and a 78.6 grade from Pro Football Focus. Stats like this will bring more attention from opposing defenses, but Anderson has enough in his locker to ensure this doesn’t become too much of a problem.