Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson previously spent the first four seasons of his NFL playing career as a member of the New York Jets. With his time in East Rutherford now officially behind him after signing a two-year, $20 million free agent contract with the Panthers ahead of the 2020 campaign, the Carolina newcomer has certainly not been shy about his less-than-stellar stint in New York.
“I just felt like a sense of peace being [with the Panthers],” Robby Anderson recently told Alaina Getzenberg of the Charlotte Observer. “It was times when I was in New York that I honestly, I just didn’t, I felt like I was losing my love for football. It was days I wouldn’t even want to go to the building like I didn’t like feeling like that … there was just a lot of things. I just wasn’t genuinely happy there all the time.”
The 27-year-old NFL wideout impressed in his first season in Carolina as well, recording 95 receptions for 1,096 yards and three touchdowns. Appearing in all 16 regular season games as a member of the Panthers, Anderson was targeted 136 times and averaged 11.5 yards per reception. Despite progressively upping the ante during his time with the Jets, Anderson had never produced more than 63 receptions or more than 941 receiving yards prior to the 2020 regular season.
“And in Carolina, it just felt like a new breath of air for me and I just [felt] at a real peace, I felt comfortable,” the veteran NFL pass-catcher added. “Like I actually liked Charlotte. I was excited to go to work every day and get better and just enjoy even though things weren’t always 100 percent how we would want them to be, but I still was happy being there and still enjoyed it.”
Slated to suit up for the Panthers once again this 2021, the former Jets standout could very well encounter yet another successful go-round in Carolina as his departure from East Rutherford no doubt helped his game reach the next level.