What Panthers’ WR Robby Anderson hopes people understand about his outburst Sunday

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Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson admitted that he was frustrated during Sunday’s 21-18 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but insisted Wednesday that his outburst was out of passion for wanting to help his team win.

Anderson’s comments Wednesday was the first time he spoke with media members since Sunday’s game after a Fox camera caught him yelling at position coach Frisman Jackson.

Anderson said he meant no harm, and he hopes that the incident shows how passionate he is about winning.

“Tom Brady does that and he’s one of the greatest,” Anderson said. “Players get mad; coaches yell at players. It’s nothing I’m ashamed of. ... I think that’s a good thing so the world can see I care. I would hope that that’s how my teammates view it.”

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said Monday that he didn’t have a problem with Anderson’s outburst, as long as things didn’t get personal.

“It’s a game of emotion,” Rhule said Wednesday. “We all have to play better.”

The incident happened after quarterback Sam Darnold threw his third interception of the game Sunday. At the time, the Panthers were driving and trying to score the game-winning touchdown or tie the score with a field goal.

Anderson ran a comeback route, and Eagles cornerback Steven Nelson sat on the route and stepped in front of Anderson to pick it off. After the game, Nelson said he knew it was coming because Anderson had been lined up in that formation all game.

That’s what Anderson said he was trying to communicate with the coaching staff. He thought he should run a double move to take advantage of Nelson sitting on the route.

“I felt we could capitalize off that,” Anderson said. “That was my mindset. I have a very high football IQ. I was brought up under veteran legends, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker. And I study the game, and I study myself. So I know my capabilities, I understand coverages, and I understand football, so it was along those lines.”

Anderson hasn’t quite connected with quarterback Sam Darnold this season. He has 12 catches for 179 yards and a touchdown in five games for the Panthers this season. That is tied for fourth on the team.

Last season, Anderson led the Panthers with 95 catches, a career high. He also had 1,096 yards receiving.

Anderson said he felt his role has changed some this year. He has said some of the routes he’s running are different.

But he felt his time would eventually come.

“My goal is to help us win,” Anderson said. “So if I don’t touch the ball and we win, it’s fair game. My ultimate goal is to win. I’m a team player. But losing, I’m a sore loser. ... Everybody on this team — we don’t touch the field to lose. So if we lose and I don’t feel like I contributed as much, then I’d be a little frustrated, but that’s the type of player I am.”