The former Carolina Panthers wideout was seen as someone who could be an excellent fit as a deep threat and de facto Marquise Brown replacement in the Ravens’ offense before he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals.
Ultimately, the Ravens didn’t end up trade for a wide receiver. As it pertains to Anderson, that was probably for the best.
Anderson has failed to do much of anything in his brief time with the Cardinals. If anything, his impact has been a negative one.
In three games with the Cardinals, Anderson has managed just one catch for -4 yards, that coming this past Sunday against Seattle. He has more drops than catches, has fewer receiving yards than when he was traded, and was penalized on a crucial false start that negated a DeAndre Hopkins touchdown on Sunday.
He’s been a net-negative addition for Arizona. The Ravens may still need wide receiver help, but they were wise to steer clear of Anderson.
The Ravens were smart to avoid Robbie Anderson at the trade deadline
Anderson seemed like a no-brainer fit for the Ravens just a few weeks ago. The former undrafted free agent was just two years removed from a 1,000-yard campaign and he wasn’t going to cost significant assets to acquire.
The Cardinals traded just a 2024 sixth and a 2025 seventh-rounder to the Panthers for a player they hoped would provide another dynamic element to their already explosive offense.
Oddly enough, he was brought in as somewhat of a replacement for the injured Marquise Brown. That could have been his role in Baltimore, but the Ravens weren’t interested.
This isn’t to say that the Ravens couldn’t use another wide receiver, of course, especially with Rashod Bateman now out for the year and Devin Duvernay banged up.
You could argue the Ravens should’ve gone all-in on a player like Jerry Jeudy or even D.J. Moore. But as far as Robbie Anderson is concerned, the Ravens dodged a bullet.
Sometimes the best action is inaction.