Derek Anderson
Derek Anderson
35-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Currently a free agent, Anderson has spent the past seven seasons backing up Cam Newton in Carolina. As it stands, it's unclear if the Panthers will bring back the 35-year-old, but having made 47 starts during his career, Anderson is certainly an experienced option to interest teams in need of a reliable second-stringer. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Bills in December of 2018.
Announces retirement
QBBuffalo Bills
May 9, 2019
Anderson announced Thursday that he is retiring from the NFL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Anderson is calling it a career after 15 NFL seasons. A career backup, Anderson totaled 10,878 yards, 60 touchdowns and 64 interceptions across 78 appearances for the Browns, Cardinals, Panthers and Bills. His retirement means that Matt Barkley will likely be the backup quarterback in Buffalo in 2019, while undrafted free agent Tyree Jackson now has a better chance to land the No. 3 job.
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How do Derek Anderson's 2018 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
22.9%
 
Avg Target Depth
9.1 Yds
 
Sack Rate
6.7%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
4.6 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
2.9%
 
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How do Derek Anderson's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
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Height
6' 6"
 
Weight
235 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
5.03 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.67 sec
 
Vertical Jump
29.0 in
 
Broad Jump
103 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Panthers' backup quarterback ever since Cam Newton arrived in 2011, Anderson actually made a pair of starts last season. One was due to Newton suffering a concussion, and the other was just a one-play fill in while Newton was being disciplined. After not throwing an interception through his first five seasons with the team, however, Anderson completed 36 of 53 passes for 453 yards, two touchdowns and five picks last year. Although he's a non-entity as long as Newton is healthy, Anderson wasn't his usually reliable self last season, which is inopportune considering Newton enters 2017 coming off shoulder surgery.
The 32-year-old Anderson joined the Panthers in 2011, the same year Carolina drafted current reigning MVP Cam Newton No. 1 overall. Anderson’s lone two starts for the Panthers came while Newton was injured in 2014, so unless Newton gets hurt again, Anderson will continue serve as Carolina’s savvy second-stringer.
Anderson filled in admirably for Cam Newton last season, winning both starts - his first since 2010 - with Newton sidelined for Weeks 1 and 15. Anderson, 31, totaled more than 500 passing yards in his two starts and didn't throw an interception in 97 attempts. A Pro Bowler in 2007 with Cleveland, the immobile Anderson lacks the added dimension of a dual-threat quarterback like Newton, but he throws a nice deep ball and can manage the game if called upon. The 10-year veteran is never far from action backing up Newton, who has taken almost twice as many hits as any other quarterback the last four years.
Anderson will serve as the Panthers' primary back-up to quarterback Cam Newton.
Anderson will be an experienced backup quarterback behind Cam Newton this season.
With Cam Newton firmly planted as the starter in Carolina, Anderson will only see the field if Newton goes down with an injury.
Anderson will be the No. 3 quarterback behind Cam Newton and Jimmy Clausen this season. He was brought into Carolina to be a veteran presence for the younger quarterbacks, so he will likely not see the field much, if at all, this season.
Anderson is a great thrower who has really struggled without wideouts performing at peak levels. In his 2007 season, Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow were unstoppable. But it would be foolish to deny that Anderson’s ability to deliver downfield strikes played a significant role in their success. Should the depth chart hold all summer, Anderson is the one backup you want to consider drafting late.
2008 was a lost year for the Browns offense and also for all those like us who forecasted continued excellence from Anderson, (29 TD passes in 2007 – his first year as a starter.) At press time, coach Eric Mangini indicated Brady Quinn has an early lead for the job, based on his offseason program work. But things could change in training camp as Anderson has a top-five NFL arm, far superior to that of the relatively weak-winged Quinn. Mangini tried to make a go of it with a QB with minus arm strength for years and found his ability to game plan with Chad Pennington too limiting. Quinn has the draft-pick and big-school (Notre Dame) pedigree, but the current regime is not responsible for rostering him. Anderson can attack all areas of the field, but made poor decisions last year and struggled with his accuracy (20.5 percent poor throws, which is off-the-charts bad). His sack rate doubled, as the Browns offensive line suffered injuries and struggled to jell all year. Braylon Edwards, of course, dropped a league-leading 16 passes, and Kellen Winslow missed half the year. That helped sink Anderson’s YPA to a putrid 5.7. The Browns are likely to be bad and to struggle defensively, so that’s a tailwind for Quinn/Anderson speculators. But both quarterbacks will have a very short leash, especially with strong-armed Brett Ratliff, the key to the draft-day trade with the Jets (which New York used to select Mark Sanchez), also looming.
He's the Tony Romo of this year’s fantasy draft class. Remember this time last year when the glass was half empty for Romo given the decline he suffered in the second half of 2006? We saw that as normal regression for an inexperienced starter and projected him highly. Anderson last year played at a 34-TD pace in the first half of the year and a 24-TD pace in the second. We're not saying Anderson should be drafted with the expectation that he'll put up Romo’s stats from last year. You need to discount him a little for the risk that he gets benched, given backup Brady Quinn's blue-chip pedigree. But Anderson has a freak at WR like Romo did; Braylon Edwards is that good – the rare WR who makes the QB better instead of vice versa. Kellen Winslow Jr. is always hobbled with the bad knees but is another stud receiver who can attack the hashmarks and occupy the strong safety. Anderson was ninth in the league in first down passing attempts. He’s good at generating TDs from the opponents 20-to-11 yard line (20 percent of attempts; 13 percent is average). Note also that his solid offensive line returns all starters for the second straight season – a rarity in today's NFL. At 6-6, Anderson not only has the great height to see over his linemen, but the ability to make all the throws. His Functional Arm Strength QB rating of 84.2 is just a little above average, but the Browns see this as a strength and attack that intermediate level of the defense with abandon relative to today's dink-and-dunk standards. Anderson is a solid bet to return the value of Carson Palmer with a price tag at least a round or two cheaper. He's the kind of guy you grab after you have two backs and a couple of receivers and ride to a fantasy championship.
Anderson will compete for the starting QB position in a crowded field.
Anderson is way down on the Browns' depth chart and is probably not worth consideration for anyone's fantasy team.
Anderson, a rookie out of Oregon State, will likely be the team's third string quarterback.
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Inks extension
QBBuffalo Bills
December 31, 2018
Anderson signed a one-year contract extension with the Bills on Monday, Chris Brown of the team's official site reports.
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Healthy scratch Week 15
QBBuffalo Bills
Coach's Decision
December 16, 2018
Anderson is once again inactive Sunday against Detroit, despite having cleared concussion protocol.
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Finally clear of concussion
QBBuffalo Bills
December 14, 2018
After several weeks, Anderson has cleared the concussion protocol, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
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Logs limited practice
QBBuffalo Bills
Concussion
December 12, 2018
Anderson remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and will be limited at practice Wednesday, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.
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Will miss fifth straight game
QBBuffalo Bills
Concussion
December 7, 2018
Anderson (concussion) practiced on a limited basis for the third straight day Friday and was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets.
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