Panthers receiver Robby Anderson couldn’t hold in his Sam Darnold frustration during Sunday’s 24-6 loss to the Patriots.
Anderson was caught on the broadcast appearing to yell at the quarterback, who threw three interceptions, including a pick-six to J.C. Jackson.
After Darnold’s third interception, Anderson repeatedly walked past him and threw his helmet.
Darnold, meanwhile, put on a hat and didn’t appear to acknowledge his frustrated teammate.
“That’s what comes with it,” the sixth-year wideout said. “My emotions — I know that they’ll most likely gonna catch that. So it’s not nothing that I’m hiding from or nothing that I’m ashamed of.
“I’m very passionate. This game means the world to me. And I put my all into everything just like everyone in this locker room does. I know this game is not gonna last forever. So when things don’t go in the right direction, it hurts me cause I’m only gonna get to live this dream one time.”
Anderson does not appear to be alone.
“I don’t want to lay it all on one guy, but we can’t keep throwing the ball up in the air,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said.
When asked about the bad day with Darnold, Anderson said, “I think collectively we’re just not connecting.”
Anderson, who also played with Darnold on the Jets, recorded one catch for 2 yards in Sunday’s loss. In nine games this season, Anderson has 19 receptions for 206 yards and two scores.
Darnold, who was traded from the Jets to the Panthers this offseason, finished 16-for-32 with 172 yards. He cleared concussion protocol before the game after suffering one in the Panthers’ win over the Falcons last week and played through a shoulder injury.
“Robby is a competitor just like all of us,” Darnold said. “Obviously, you want your teammates to be able to say, ‘Hey, let’s go. We have a lot of game left, let’s tighten up, let’s put some points on the board.’ I mean it’s nothing more than that, me and Robby are cool, so I’m not worried about that.”
Darnold has struggled mightily since a hot start with the Panthers, throwing 10 interceptions compared to four touchdowns over his past five starts. The Panthers started their season 3-0, but have since dropped five of their past six games with Sunday’s loss.
When asked if Darnold “is still the guy,” Rhule said, “We can’t keep doing that.”
Carolina (4-5) visits Arizona (8-1) this Sunday.
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