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Panthers looking to get WR Robby Anderson going after slow start

Panthers Wire logo Panthers Wire 9/25/2021 Anthony Rizzuti
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Throwing the adjective “slow” into any type of sentence involving Carolina Panthers receiver Robby Anderson is weird. And that’s because he’s one of the fastest players in the game today.

Unfortunately, however, there’s no denying his slow start to the 2021 campaign. There’s also no denying that the Panthers are well aware that they can’t keep going through the season without getting such an important player more involved in the bottomline.

Head coach Matt Rhule alluded to this on Friday, when speaking from his home following the 24-9 win over the Houston Texans. He offered a few reasons as to why Anderson’s output thus far is not where many may have expected it to be.

“We have to get Robby going as an offense,” Rhule firmly stated. “Against the Saints, we kinda had a couple deep shots to him we didn’t quite connect on. If you watch the tape last night, he’s open quite a bit and the ball’s not getting to him. And the ball’s being spread around to a lot of different people.”

The ball wasn’t spread to him much on Thursday night, as Anderson commanded just two targets. Following the season opener where his lone reception went for a 57-yard touchdown, he has totaled just four grabs on eight looks for 46 yards.

Still, Rhule said that the team, even after a 3-0 start, needs Robby to be Robby.

“I think as a coaching staff, we have to emphasize it. He’s too good of a player to not be affecting the game.”

He’s also too rich of a player not to be affecting the game. Anderson earned himself a well-deserved contract extension a month ago and would also probably like to start cashing in on the field as well.

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