The Panthers made it official Wednesday, signing wide receiver Robby Anderson to a two-year deal. Anderson spent the first four years of his career with the Jets, where he became one of the league's most-lethal deep ball threats.
Before Anderson starts catching passes for the Panthers, get to know Carolina's newest wideout:
The Temple connection
The Philadelphia-to-Charlotte pipeline has been hot since free agency began last month.
Before Anderson's signing became official, the Panthers had already signed linebacker Tahir Whitehead and quarterback P.J. Walker, who were both at Temple along with Matt Rhule. So was Anderson.
The 26-year-old played two seasons under Rhule in 2013 and 2015, but the year he didn't play may have been when the two's relationship grew the most. During the 2014 season, Anderson was forced to leave Temple and spend a year at a community college due to academic eligibility issues. Uncertain of whether he would return to Temple, Anderson's head coach went to bat for him.
"He's a great person, more importantly," Anderson said of Rhule in an interview last season. "He fought to get me back into Temple. I was kicked out and he really got them to change the rule of the school and everything. If it really wasn't for him to get me the opportunity, I probably wouldn't have even gotten my foot into the door in the NFL."
Something to prove
Anderson's path to the league didn't get easier after his final year at Temple. He went undrafted before signing with the Jets. But he sure hasn't let the undrafted title keep him from putting up numbers.
At the start of this year's free agency period, Anderson was widely seen as highly coveted. Since entering the league in 2016, his 20 career touchdowns are tied for third-most among all undrafted players.
History with the Panthers
The Panthers have already been good to Anderson, but at the time, it wasn't necessarily great for Carolina.
In Week 12 of the 2017 season, Anderson had the best statistical game of his pro career, hauling in six passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. The Panthers ended up beating the Jets that day, but the game proved how dangerous Anderson can be.
Now Anderson will look to replicate that success for the Panthers instead of against them.
See photos of wide receiver Robby Anderson during his time with the New York Jets.