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How Robby Anderson became a legitimate WR1 in Joe Brady's offense

Oct 11, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Through the first six weeks of the 2020 NFL season, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson ranks second in the NFL in receiving yards behind only DeAndre Hopkins. Raise your hand if you saw that coming, and for those of you who have your hands raised, stop lying to yourselves.

Anderson was an intriguing free agent available at a reasonable price point this offseason after spending the first four years of his NFL career wallowing through the barren wasteland that is the New York Jets offense. He profiled as someone who could reliably challenge defenses vertically and a player who could put up some big-time numbers with more accurate opportunities downfield. On top of that, Anderson was also adding to his repertoire in recent years, particularly in the intermediate part of the field.

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Robby Anderson: PFF receiving grade on passes thrown 10-19 yards downfield
Season Receiving grade % of receiving yards
2016 53.1 18%
2017 63.7 20%
2018 82.9 40%
2019 85.1 39%

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