4 Panthers not named Sam Darnold under most pressure in 2022

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Robbie Anderson – Carolina Panthers WR

It’s certainly not been dull where Robbie Anderson is concerned this offseason. There were trade talks, outbursts on social media, and even a tweet contemplating retirement before the wide receiver committed himself to the cause in 2022.

The “I’m here, ain’t I?” quote from Anderson at the team’s mandatory minicamp was blown out of proportion. That’s just the way he goes about his business and it didn’t appear as if the Temple product was all that keen on speaking to the media, in any case.

This all comes after Anderson went through some significant complications last season. The Carolina Panthers just couldn’t get anything going with the player thanks in no small part to the quarterback conundrum, but he was also responsible for some costly drops along the way.

Anderson has the talent. One only has to examine his 2020 production following a high-profile free-agent move from the New York Jets to see that.

But it’s hard to deny that aside from Sam Darnold, Anderson might be under the most pressure when competitive action arrives.

A bounce-back campaign is not out of the question and Ben McAdoo will provide the receiver with better opportunities to shine. But for Anderson to justify his whopping salary cap hit in 2023, it needs to be a dramatic turnaround in fortunes.