Panthers WR Anderson twist and shouts his way to showers

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I may be out of place, but it was a lot more entertaining to watch the drama unfold on the other sideline for a change. Instead of the big story of the Carolina Panthers versus the LA Rams unveiling some new development regarding RB Cam Akers. Instead, the game’s biggest drama occured between WR Robbie Anderson and Carolina Panthers’ WR Coach Joe Dailey.

Entering the game, Panthers WR Robbie Anderson was on the trade block.  Now? He may never take another snap with the Carolina Panthers.

The trouble began early, as the Panthers’ offense was almost entirely running back Christian McCaffrey.  As we know from the LA Rams’ own dramatic events this week over RB Cam Akers, professional athletes are quick to enrage and demand that the team “Play me or trade me!” nowadays.

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Anderson has only been targeted 27 times this season and caught 13 of those passes for 206 yards and one touchdown. But he was never targeted against the Rams, which no doubt added even more frustration to the wide receiver, who unloaded on his wide receiver coach on the sidelines.

All along the game, Anderson was clearly giving clear signs that he was unhappy with his role, or lack thereof, in this game. When the offense was on the bench, Anderson perched himself far from his teammates, and that was just a harbinger of more drama to come.

The ongoing argument lasted until finally, interim head coach Steve Wilks sent Anderson to the showers, essentially ending his afternoon for the Panthers before it ever really began.

Anderson is clearly eager to move on to a new team via a midseason trade. But the outburst on the sidelines will certainly not make him particularly attractive to potential teams who may be in the market for a new wide receiver.

He is a name to keep on your radar. As more and more teams pursue the chance to sign FA wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Anderson could be the next best thing to a wide receiver-needy team.

The Rams may be in the market for RB Christian McCaffrey. But I am highly skeptical that Robbie Anderson will attract any interest from the LA Rams, particularly after witnessing his insubordination.

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