3 Panthers Poised to Break Out Under New Head Coach Matt Rhule

Zach Brunner
Three Panthers poised to break out under Matt Rhule.
Three Panthers poised to break out under Matt Rhule. / Sean Gardner/Getty Images
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After a long, successful run under Ron Rivera, the Carolina Panthers went in a different direction this offseason, giving former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule his shot in the NFL. Rhule built a reputation for turning around college programs, and now he will be tasked with doing it in the NFL.

Rhule comes in as an offensive-minded coach that is very willing to throw the ball around. With that in mind, these are three Panthers poised to break out under their new head coach.

3. Robby Anderson, WR

Robby Anderson played under Rhule at Temple.
Robby Anderson played under Rhule at Temple. / Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Robby Anderson signed with the Panthers this offseason, after beginning his career with the New York Jets. Rhule and Anderson both have an established history together, as Anderson played his college days at Temple, under coach Rhule. It appears Rhule recruited the wide receiver for the second time this offseason, and he could be a great addition to the team. Anderson has never recorded a 1,000-yard season in the NFL, but if he builds a rapport with Teddy Bridgewater, that could change this year.

2. Teddy Bridgewater, QB

Teddy Bridgewater is again given the chance to be the starting quarterback.
Teddy Bridgewater is again given the chance to be the starting quarterback. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Bridgewater has as good of a comeback story as anyone in the NFL. He's worked his way back from a devastating knee injury and performed really well last season. Going undefeated in the five starts he made in relief of the injured Drew Brees, Bridgewater averaged 241.0 passing yards per game while throwing 9 touchdowns to 2 interceptions. Playing alongside an innovative head coach and a great skill-position group, Bridgewater could be primed for a huge 2020 campaign if he's given a little more freedom than he was in New Orleans.

1. D.J. Moore, WR

D.J. Moore nearly totaled 1,200 yards last season.
D.J. Moore nearly totaled 1,200 yards last season. / Chris Graythen/Getty Images

D.J. Moore had a bit of a breakout season last year, but he has a real chance to outperform what he did in 2019. Moore tallied 1,175 receiving yards across 15 games last season, but he did so despite dealing with some really poor quarterback play. Kyle Allen's 6.0 adjusted yards per attempt (AY/A) was tied for the fourth-worst mark in the NFL in 2019. If Bridgewater becomes the player he had potential to be before his injury, Moore has a chance to establish himself as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL this season.


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