|Chance of Injury in 2021:||40%|
|Chance of Injury per Game:||3.1%|
|Projected Games missed for 2021:||0.9|
-- Anderson was a frequent deep target through 4 years with the Jets.
-- Matt Rhule -- his college coach -- says he’ll be a “complete receiver” with the Panthers.
-- New QB Teddy Bridgewater hasn’t been much of a downfield passer in the NFL.
-- A lot of changes to Carolina’s offense leaves questions to answer this summer.
Anderson arrives in Carolina with a record of downfield production. He has seen 30+% of his targets in the deep range (20+ yards downfield) in 3 of his 4 seasons, according to Pro Football Focus. He has also finished 3 of 4 seasons among the league’s top 20 wideouts in yards via the deep ball.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, though, HC Matt Rhule told Anderson the team views him as a “complete receiver” and plans to use him at all levels.
That’s particularly good news given that Carolina also imported QB Teddy Bridgewater to start. Bridgewater finished last season with the shortest average depth of target in the league (6.1). His 2 previous starting years -- 2014 and 2015 in Minnesota -- found Bridgewater ranking 4th and 6th shortest.
And Rhule should know Anderson better than most coaches. He coached Anderson back at Temple in 2013 and 2015 and fought the school’s academic rules to get him reinstated in between. After his reinstatement, Anderson dominated the Owls’ receiving categories in 2015, earning the following market shares: 28.1% of receptions, 30.9% of yards and 35% of TDs.
Anderson has fared well catching the ball in the shorter ranges in the pros. According to PFF’s numbers, he has caught 67.2% of non-deep targets over his 4 seasons while decreasing his drop rate each year.
Anderson leaves a Jets offense that found him lead targets in 2017 and 2018 and had him 2nd to Jamison Crowder last season. His 96 targets in 2019 made up just 18.4% of the total for a Jets team that ranked just…
|Dec 26, 2019||NFL||Leg Calf Strain||Anderson dealt with a calf issue ahead of the season finale against the Bills as he was a limited participant. He was active for the game|
|Nov 4, 2018||NFL||Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1||Anderson re-injured his ankle and missed another game.|
|Oct 21, 2018||NFL||Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1||Anderson missed 1 game with an ankle injury.|