How much pressure is on Panthers WR Robby Anderson in 2021?

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How much pressure is on Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson heading into an important 2021 season for the player?

It was a hugely encouraging start for Robby Anderson during his opening campaign with the Carolina Panthers in 2021. The wide receiver made his presence felt right out of the gate and proved he was much more than just a deep threat – something he’d been unfairly tagged with during his time on the New York Jets.

Anderson’s relationship with head coach Matt Rhule from their stint together at Temple enabled the player to hit the ground running. This resulted in his first 1,000-yard receiving season and plenty of reasons to suspect more might be on the way providing Sam Darnold provides a consistent presence under center in 2021.

Of course, should Darnold thrive in new surroundings, nobody is set to benefit more than Anderson. The pair already possess plenty of chemistry having been teammates on the Jets and even though the wideout skipped voluntary OTAs, their connection has been notable during the early stages of training camp.

Simply put, Anderson is a breath of fresh air.

His superb production on the field is matched by flamboyance and charisma away from the gridiron. Something that’s seen Anderson become much-loved by the team’s fanbase and somebody that people seem to naturally gravitate towards.

All the trade speculation during the 2021 NFL Draft hasn’t bothered Anderson in the slightest. The player is all business and tells things as they are, which is extremely rare in this day and age.

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There is a lot of pressure on Anderson next season.

Both in terms of what he needs to bring when competitive action begins and from an individual standpoint with the financial implications involved with any further boost in numbers.

Anderson is heading into the final campaign of his two-year, fully guaranteed $20 million deal. Should he secure four figures in yardage once again and increase his touchdown totals, then some serious money will be coming his way when it’s time for the player’s representatives to begin negotiations.

Whether that’s going to be in Carolina or not is another matter.

The Panthers still need to pay the likes of D.J. Moore, Brian Burns, and Donte Jackson sooner rather than later. Although the salary cap is set to soar in the coming years, it does leave them with a difficult decision to make if Anderson brings his game on further in 2021.

What comes next is down to Anderson.

There is nothing to suggest last year’s efforts cannot be a catalyst for bigger and better things. Even though the receiver is far from happy with the new FieldTurf surface at Bank of America Stadium judging by his recent comments.

Anderson is a hard guy to root against and the Panthers would be far worse off without him. Whether he’ll still be on the roster this time next year has yet to be determined, but the Panthers should make the most of him while they can and let the chips fall where they may after.

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Nothing seems to phase Anderson. A mindset that can hopefully stretch across the organization this season en route to a successful 2021 campaign.