4 Panthers players who will be key to a potential turnaround

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Robby Anderson – Carolina Panthers WR

Robby Anderson enjoyed a phenomenal start to life with the Carolina Panthers after joining the organization on a two-year, $20 million with an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million guaranteed in free agency. The wide receiver has developed into an impactful player who can make a difference anywhere on the field, which a far cry from the deep threat reputation he generated during his time with the New York Jets.

His production has dipped somewhat in recent weeks, which has to change if the Panthers want to get out of their current slump. Anderson has generated more focus from opposing defenses and even though he is putting up respectable numbers, they aren’t anything like what we saw from the player earlier this season.

Anderson hasn’t scored a receiving touchdown since his Week 1 debut against the Las Vegas Raiders. His last 100-yard game was in Week 5 at the Atlanta Falcons and if he can somehow raise his level of production down the stretch, it might just come with a turnaround in fortunes.

It’s hard to root against a guy like Anderson. He plays the game with a smile on his face and his tandem alongside D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel is among the NFL’s best when they’re firing on all cylinders.

There does appear to be a couple of favorable matchups for Anderson to exploit before Carolina’s bye week, so it’s imperative he makes the most of them in pursuit of reaching the 1,000-yard milestone for the first time in his career.