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 Ourlads.com.
|San Francisco||Colin Kaepernick||28||47||1,361|
|San Diego||Kellen Clemens||33||21||629|
|Tampa Bay||Mike Glennon||26||18||619|
|New Orleans||Luke McCown||34||10||356|
|New England||Jimmy Garoppolo||24||0||31|
|N.Y. Giants||Ryan Nassib||26||0||10|
|N.Y. Jets||Bryce Petty||25||0||0|
|Kansas City||Aaron Murray||25||0||0|
|Green Bay||Brett Hundley||23||0||0|
|Seattle||Trevone Boykin (R)||22||0||0|
|St. Louis||Jared Goff (R)||21||0||0|