Anderson was present for the first two years of Darnold’s rocky NFL debut — watching the former No. 3 overall pick’s struggles first hand. But now that the fourth-year quarterback has joined the Panthers’ roster, Darnold apparently has a “new glow” to him.
“When I walked in the building I could see a new energy out of him, like a glow, charisma that I didn’t really see in New York,” Anderson said, per ESPN. “I can definitely see the difference in him so far. . . . You know when a person can see like a glow, energy, their aura? I could kind of see that when I walked in the building.”
Through his first year away from the Jets organization in 2020, Anderson notched a breakout season. The speedy wideout logged his first career 1,000+ yard receiving season with 1,096, second only to Panthers leading WR DJ Moore (1,193). Anderson never broke 800 receiving yards with Darnold as his QB in New York.
Prior to this year’s draft, the Panthers acquired Darnold in exchange for a late 2021 sixth-round pick and second/fourth-round picks in 2022.
With this “new energy” in Carolina, Darnold will look to put fourth a breakout effort in 2021.