Anderson caught seven of eight targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Buccaneers. Anderson matched his season high in receptions, with his signature contribution coming on a superb, over-the-shoulder touchdown catch from 19 yards on a fourth-down play during the fourth quarter. Despite his commendable performance Sunday, Anderson's season overall didn't go as planned, as uneven quarterback play, primarily from Sam Darnold, inhibited Carolina's offense over the course of the campaign. While playing all 17 games, Anderson managed just 53 catches on 110 targets for 519 yards and five scores, representing a significant decline from his 95-catch, 1,000-yard campaign in 2020. Having signed an extension prior to the season, though, Anderson is slated to return to the Panthers in 2022, when as things stand he'll again figure to complement DJ Moore in the starting lineup.
Anderson (quadriceps) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. The veteran speedster thus will mark the fourth consecutive absence-free campaign of his career. Despite that accomplishment, it's been an otherwise frustrating season for Anderson while dealing with very spotty quarterback play, as he enters Sunday's finale with a pedestrian 46-469-4 receiving line, the yardage tally qualifying as a career-low figure.
Anderson (quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, with Panthers coach Matt Rhule labeling the wideout as a game-time decision after he missed practice throughout the week, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. For all that's gone wrong this season, Anderson has at least managed to stay on the field, hitting the 16-game mark for a fifth time in six pro seasons. Production has been another story of course, though he did have one of his better games (relatively speaking) when the Panthers faced the Bucs two weeks ago, catching five of 10 targets for 58 yards. Anderson then dropped back to 10 yards on two targets in last week's loss to the Saints, and he's now in danger of missing the season finale, potentially leaving more work for Brandon Zylstra and Alex Erickson. Rookie wideout Terrace Marshall (foot) is on injured reserve, while Shi Smith landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. The Panthers are scheduled for a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff this Sunday.
Anderson (quadriceps) isn't participating at Thursday's practice, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Unless Anderson is able to fit in some on-field work at Friday's practice, it's looking increasingly likely that the Panthers will be forced to rely on top target DJ Moore and a committee of relatively unproven options at receiver for Sunday's season finale in Tampa Bay. Anderson has missed consecutive practices and is seemingly trending toward sitting out Week 18, while Terrace Marshall (foot) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday and Shi Smith (illness) landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. At this stage, only Marshall can officially be ruled out for Sunday.
Anderson didn't practice Wednesday due to a quadriceps injury. If Anderson was hurt in this past Sunday's loss at New Orleans, it wasn't evident in his workload, as he was on the field for 98 percent of Carolina's offensive plays on his way to hauling in both of his targets for 10 yards. With a health concern now in tow, his activity level will be something to watch Thursday and Friday to get a sense of his potential to play Week 18 at Tampa Bay.
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