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Carolina Panthers' Derek Anderson is One of the Most Experienced Backup Quarterbacks

The Carolina Panthers have the top quarterback in the game today, Cam Newton, but they also have one of the best backups in the league with Derek Anderson.

One position that is not a concern for the Carolina Panthers is quarterback, which is something not many teams in the NFL can say. They have the reigning league MVP Cam Newton, who was recently named the best player in the NFL in the 'Top 100 Players of 2016.'

However, the thing that sets the Panthers' quarterbacks apart from the rest of the NFL is the quality the team has backing up Newton. The Panthers have one of the most experienced backup quarterbacks according to Bill Huber of Packer Report. Derek Anderson has the fourth most passing attempts and the fifth most starts among the projected backups.

A majority of these attempts and starts came when he was a starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns from 2005 to 2009 and then one season with the Arizona Cardinals in 2010. He joined the Panthers in 2011 after his time with the Cardinals and went on to throw only four passes from 2011 to 2013.

However in 2014, Anderson was a major factor in the Panthers winning their second consecutive division title when he started two games in place of the injured Newton. He went on to win both games and threw five touchdowns and no interceptions that season. Those two wins played a major role in the team making the playoffs that year with only a 7-8-1 record.

In that season Anderson showed that even though he may not be as dynamic as Newton, he is capable of running this offense and still keep it playing at a high level. It would be hard to argue that any team has a better combination of starter and backup quarterback in the NFL in 2016.

Projected Backup Quarterbacks

Here are the 32 projected No. 2 quarterbacks, based on the depth charts at

Atlanta Matt Schaub 35 92 3,271
Tennessee Matt Cassel 34 79 2,574
Jacksonville Chad Henne 31 53 1,954
Carolina Derek Anderson 33 45 1,543
San Francisco Colin Kaepernick 28 47 1,361
Minnesota Shaun Hill 36 34 1,190
Cleveland Robert Griffin 26 35 1,063
Chicago Brian Hoyer 30 26 999
Washington Colt McCoy 29 25 842
Miami Matt Moore 31 25 769
Pittsburgh Bruce Gradkowski 33 20 709
San Diego Kellen Clemens 33 21 629
Tampa Bay Mike Glennon 26 18 619
Buffalo E.J. Manuel 26 16 521
Detroit Dan Orlovsky 32 12 512
Arizona Drew Stanton 32 12 452
Baltimore Ryan Mallett 28 8 323
New Orleans Luke McCown 34 10 356
Oakland Matt McGloin 26 6 262
Cincinnati A.J. McCarron 25 3 119
Dallas Kellen Moore 26 2 104
Indianapolis Scott Tolzien 28 2 91
Philadelphia Chase Daniel 29 2 77
New England Jimmy Garoppolo 24 0 31
Houston Tom Savage 26 0 19
N.Y. Giants Ryan Nassib 26 0 10
N.Y. Jets Bryce Petty 25 0 0
Kansas City Aaron Murray 25 0 0
Denver Trevor Siemian 24 0 0
Green Bay Brett Hundley 23 0 0
Seattle Trevone Boykin (R) 22 0 0
St. Louis Jared Goff (R) 21 0 0

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