Robbie Anderson – Former Carolina Panthers WR
Oh, the tale of Robbie Anderson is a wild one.
Anderson was a highly touted deep threat when the wide receiver joined the Carolina Panthers from the New York Jets. A speedy wideout that could get past the defense and really do some damage. But there were legitimate concerns about the player being able to parlay that skill into a more fully fleshed-out role.
His first year in Carolina seemed to prove all doubters wrong. Anderson was incredible, a true second option behind budding superstar D.J. Moore that opened up the Panthers’ passing game in a much-needed way.
That is when things went sour.
After that first 1,000-yard receiving season, Anderson just never looked the same. Whether that was a lack of motivation after signing a massive extension with the Panthers or father time catching up a little quicker than anyone expected, we may never know.
What we do know is this – the wideout tallied less than half those yards in his second season and less than a fourth in 2022.
The simple fact that you could watch an entire Arizona Cardinals game – a team in desperate need of reliable pass catchers – and never see Anderson just goes to show how rapid the fall was.
Anderson struggled mightily with drops, lackadaisical route running, and worst of all sideline blowups against other players and even coaches all the way up to Steve Wilks at one point.
A divisive attitude like that can be looked past if a player has the talent to make up for it. Just look at how long the NFL dealt with Antonio Brown for proof of this. When that on-field production wavers, suddenly that mindset shines all the brighter.
Between that sharp drop in production, almost nonexistent usage in Arizona, and the sideline antics with the Panthers, Anderson should count himself lucky to even be considered for an NFL roster next season.