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QB Derek Anderson - Carolina Panthers

6-6, 240Born: 6-15-1983College: Oregon StateDrafted: Round 6

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2016 Week 5 vs TB (18 / 28 / 278 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Turnovers at the wrong time were a crucial factor in Carolina's loss to Tampa Bay, and Derek Anderson's decision making ultimately let the team down. The offense struggled initially to establish anything, but slowly Anderson grew into the game behind a no-huddle attack. He connected well with Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin, both of whom consistently found room to roam in the Bucs secondary against their smaller defensive backs. Anderson was working from a clean pocket for most of the game, and had clearly defined reads to fire the ball on time and accurately. After a handful of passes in a row to Benjamin, he went to the well one too many times for his first interception. He attempted to force the football in to his big receiver, only for a Tampa Bay defender to break it up and tip it into the air before a teammate picked it off. Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula moved the pocket more in the second half with bootlegs to give Anderson simpler reads, and he took advantage early with a big completion to Olsen. Anderson would subsequently miss his top target of the game, Olsen, for a straightforward touchdown pass. He left the ball too far behind Olsen for the tight end to properly adjust to on the fly. Anderson committed his second turnover by coughing up a fumble on a scramble. It appeared Anderson would get the necessary yardage, but he turned his back in anticipation of contact and the ball popped out. As the offense stayed in attack mode, Anderson committed his most egregious error of the game with the Panthers set up at the 1-yard line. In what appeared to be a rushed play, Anderson - without even seeming to go through his reads - tossed a senseless pass up to Olsen in the back corner of the end zone. Two Tampa Bay defenders, having been repeatedly beaten by the tight end all game, bracketed him. The pass was easily picked off and it went a long way to ruining the Panthers' chances of securing a victory.

2016 Week 4 vs ATL (17 / 23 / 172 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Coming in to the game after Cam Newton sustained a concussion, Derek Anderson breathed new life into an offense that, until that point, appeared bereft of confidence or ideas. Utilizing a quick passing game to good effect, Anderson continued to get the ball out of his hands inside two seconds, firing accurate passes to his big targets. He connected particularly well with Devin Funchess, finding him on a skinny post that resulted in a big gain, then firing in a pass to the end zone that drew a pass interference flag. Anderson, well aware of the Falcons pass rush, did not hold on to the football when the play wasn't there; rather, he killed the play and moved on. He showed decent pocket awareness and gave his players a chance to make plays on the ball. Greg Olsen was the recipient of Anderson's first touchdown pass, with the tight end made a majestic catch at the back of the end zone. Anderson's lofted pass gave Olsen the chance to make the play, but the tight end made his quarterback look good. Anderson added a second touchdown pass after showing good pocket mobility to escape the rush. He kept his eyes downfield and found Corey Brown for the score, after the receiver adjusted his pattern to exploit the space available. Anderson made a crucial error at the death, however, tossing a game-sealing pick six into coverage. It appeared as though he thought Olsen was open on the play, but the two were not on the same page and it proved to be a straightforward score for Atlanta. Anderson was intercepted on a tipped ball in the dying seconds, as a pass landed perfectly into the defensive back's arms.


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