The NFL’s first big in-season trade of the year is officially in: the struggling 1-5 Carolina Panthers are shipping disgruntled wide receiver Robbie Anderson to the 2-4, underperforming Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals aren’t meeting expectations, and with Marquise Brown likely sidelined for the rest of the season, Kyler Murray’s offense was in need of an upgrade at wide receiver. Brown had been paving the way for the offense with 43 catches for 485 yards and three touchdowns through six weeks before suffering a foot injury in last week’s loss to the Seahawks.

Anderson will join A.J. Green, Rondale Moore, Greg Dortch, and Javon Wims in the current wide receiver room. On paper, that’s a pretty decent receiving corps, but there’s a cherry on top: suspended Pro Bowl wide receiver and number one target Deandre Hopkins will be back in the lineup in Week 7.

Still, the plan for Arizona was always for “Hollywood” Brown to be a complement to Hopkins. With Brown out for the season, the Cardinals sought out reinforcements to keep their original intention for the offense in place.

Anderson has been underutilized in an anemic Carolina Panthers offense this season. The former New York Jets wideout has caught just 13 passes on 27 targets for 206 yards and a touchdown in his third season in Carolina. In 2020, his first season with the Panthers, Anderson enjoyed a 95-catch, 1,096-yard, 3-touchdown campaign, and in year two Anderson caught 53 passes for 519 yards and five touchdowns.

Inefficient quarterback play as well as a revoloving door at the position due to injuries has liited Anderson’s potential over the past three seasons.

With Kyler Murray throwing him the ball and Hopkins garnering the majority of the defense’s attention, Anderson should be able to fill his role nicely in Arizona and increase his production. From a fantasy perspective, Anderson’s rapidly falling stock now has plenty of upside.

Carolina receives a 2024 sixth-round pick and a 2025 seventh-round pick in exchange for Anderson. The 29-year old receiver is under contract for this year and next season, with a potential out after this season.

Will the Cardinals turn things around with the addition of Anderson and the return of Hopkins? How many catches and touchdowns will Anderson have over the season’s final 11 games? To make your voice heard, be sure to join the conversation with @SakSports on Twitter.




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