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Panthers News: Robby Anderson Says Sam Darnold is an Improved Version of Himself in Carolina

Adam Taylor McKillop
Carolina Panthers wideout Robby Anderson has nothing but good things to say about Sam Darnold's early progress in Carolina.
Carolina Panthers wideout Robby Anderson has nothing but good things to say about Sam Darnold's early progress in Carolina. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images
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The Carolina Panthers were eager to land quarterback Sam Darnold through an offseason trade, even despite his early years of struggles with the New York Jets. Carolina is hopeful that the former No. 3 overall draft pick was just in need of a change of scenery after three dreadful losing seasons in New York.

Part of Darnold's transition to his new franchise includes a familiar face in wide receiver Robby Anderson. Anderson, the No. 2 option on Carolina's WR depth chart, spent two seasons in New York catching passes from the 24-year-old signal-caller.

After some early work at Panthers minicamp, Anderson raved about Darnold apparent changed energy with the new franchise. Certainly, this is awesome news for Carolina fans.

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Anderson went on to describe this new energy, saying "You know when a person, you can see a glow in them, their energy, an aura -- I can see that when I walked into the building and just being around him."

The six-year NFL veteran Anderson also spoke about Darnold's ability to learn the new playbook from head coach Matt Rhule. "The New York system was a little more complex and had a lot of nuances and things like that.... I think this system is a little more graspable."

Darnold and Anderson spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons together in New York. With Darnold as his primary passer, he recorded 102 receptions for 1,531 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Panthers are surely hoping to rekindle some of that chemistry between the two. Regardless, hearing Darnold approaching camp with a different energy and "aura" is a promising sign that the Panthers may help revitalize this former top draft pick's career.


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