QB Derek Anderson - Free Agent
|6-6, 240||Born: 6-15-1983||College: Oregon State||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2005|
2018 Week 7 vs IND (20 / 31 / 175 / 0 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Derek Anderson started for the Buffalo Bills in place of injured Josh Allen and ineffective Nathan Peterman. Anderson struggled to knock of the rust and constantly threw underneath the sticks on third and long. Anderson had struggles in the middle of the field, including two interceptions on off target throws. He also threw an interception along the sideline that was more of a miscommunication with Andre Holmes than poor throw. Anderson was also strip sacked from behind and lost a fumble. He did show chemistry with former Panther teammate Kelvin Benjamin including back a shoulder throw.
2018 Week 8 vs NE (22 / 39 / 290 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Derek Anderson kept the game close by not making the critical mistake for much of the game. However, Anderson missed his biggest throws of the game, including a deep overthrow of Kelvin Benjamin and a flea flicker attempt towards Charles Clay. Anderson turned the ball over twice with the game still in doubt, including a turnstile left tackle blocking attempt as Anderson was hit on his blindside for a fumble. Later, Anderson threw a pick-six interception to ice the game for the Patriots. Anderson best throw of the game, a long attempt to Jason Croom, was on point but bobbled by Croom and reversed on replay.
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.
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.
2014 Week 1 vs TB (24 / 34 / 230 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Informed on Saturday evening that he would be getting the start in place of the injured Cam Newton, Derek Anderson looked unflappable in his first professional start since 2010. Anderson looked totally at ease in the offense, executing it true to its conception. He masterfully carried out play fakes and bootlegs and consistently found his targets early on as he established a rhythm. While there were a few missed opportunities, most notably a missed touchdown pass to Greg Olsen down the seam when he overthrew him by a few inches, Anderson was getting the ball out accurately and on time. He showed no fear throwing into traffic, often fitting the football between defenders to find his intended target. Anderson did a lot of damage off play action, consistently finding favorite target Greg Olsen uncovered against the Bucsí predominantly Tampa-2 looks. His first touchdown toss, a play action pass to Olsen, turned out to be an easy pitch and catch in the red zone as the Bucs failed to pick up Olsen in the back of the end zone. Anderson trusted his targets to make clutch catches for him throughout, and none was more impressive ń or risky ń than the touchdown pass to rookie Kelvin Benjamin. With time in the pocket thanks to the great protection he was continually afforded, Anderson spotted a streaking Benjamin down the left sideline. Anderson heaved a pass up for his receiver to snag, and Benjamin did the rest, producing a ridiculous catch by securing the football behind the defender's back, subsequently wrestling it away. Anderson almost made a critical error to erase that inspirational play in the fourth quarter. With Carolina up 17-7, Anderson threw an ill-advised pass left under duress; it hit the hands of the waiting defender, but he couldnít make the interception. Had he caught it, it would have been a pick six beyond doubt. Anderson, however, steadied the ship and thanks to an assist from the Carolina defense, managed to close out the game. In a poised display from the veteran, it was the only blotch on his day.
2014 Week 7 vs GB (5 / 8 / 43 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Inserted into the game late after the Packers had established a comfortable lead, Derek Anderson fired a touchdown pass to Brenton Bersin despite the fact Anderson was falling backward and was stood on by his offensive guard at the same time.
2014 Week 15 vs TB (25 / 40 / 277 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 14 / 0 rush)
Despite showing some jitters in the pocket and lacking sharpness in the red zone, Derek Anderson remained cool and calm to get the Panthers over the line. Anderson relied heavily on the smooth route-running and soft hands of Greg Olsen early on, working the football between the hashes as he got into a comfort zone. Once there, he never let up. When the protection afforded him time, he was able to find an open man with a timing and rhythm not normally seen in this offense. Anderson and rookie Kelvin Benjamin in particular seemed to have excellent understanding and timing on in-breaking patterns. A strong running game gave Anderson a solid platform to work from, and he took advantage of the Bucs' eagerness to stuff the run in the red zone for his lone touchdown pass. After a strong play fake, Anderson managed to squeeze the football in to veteran Jerricho Cotchery on a skinny post. However, that was the Panthers' lone red zone opportunity that resulted in a touchdown as penalties and poor play up front scuppered their chances. Anderson was even able to show off his running ability for a first down or two, much to the amusement of the on-looking Cam Newton. In as solid a performance as you could expect from a back-up, Anderson deserves a lot of credit.
2010 Week 1 vs STL (22 / 41 / 297 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Anderson was very much up and down in this game, however I believe he showed enough to prove to the world that he is better than Matt Leinart. Early in the game, despite being under heavy pressure and taking a few big sacks, he showed everybody his arm and accuracy on a few nice throws down the seam especially one to Early Doucet. However a big part of his inefficient play came with trying to get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was in a knee brace all game and was not himself at all, Anderson was looking for him often despite this. Fitzgerald had 15 total targets from Anderson, with only 3 completions. Anderson would try to force the ball to Fitzgerald at times and missed him open once for a potential big gain. Anderson however, changed his focus to Steve Breaston and everything changed. The main thing Anderson showed was his determination to go downfield and he did this often with great accuracy in the fourth quarter to Steve Breaston. Anderson also had a fumble, and there were two incidents where he threw balls that should have been intercepted as a result of him locking on to a receiver. Anderson is high risk high reward. He will never post a high completion % of 65/70, and will turn the ball over easy at times. He can be hot at times, and get the ball down the field quickly and in the end zone. A match up based start as a #2 QB.
2010 Week 2 vs ATL (17 / 31 / 161 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
I expected to watch the film and see a horrible performance by Anderson. It honestly wasn't horrible, as he was successful throwing short passes around, but that was the problem with his day. Everything was short. He looked ok throwing the short dumpoff passes, and short crossing routes to Fitz. But he still isn't able to connect with anyone on the deep ball, and the lack of a deep passing game allowed Atlanta to keep everything in close and pick off 2 passes. Anderson is nothing more than a stopgap on this roster, and is playing the game manager role. He was chosen over Leinart because of his big arm, but he seems unable to use that arm, and if he can't stretch the defense, it's going to get even worse. He also seems to hone in on Stephen Williams, the rookie, who honestly looks lost out there. Finally, Anderson doesn't seem to scan the field much. He has his favorites and throws to them, as opposed to Warner, who always hit the open man. Anderson needs to focus on getting the ball to the open man in the offense, instead of trying to force things. It's pretty easy to tell who he's going to as soon as the ball is snapped, as he consistently stares down his receivers.
2010 Week 3 vs OAK (12 / 26 / 122 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Anderson actually had a better game than his stats indicate. His downfield throws drew 74 yards in pass interference penalties in the first half, and he kept the pass offense viable by escaping pressure and making some nice throws on the move. His pocket presence was good all day, even when he was under more pressure in the second half. In general, some of his best plays came when Anderson was flushed from the pocket, and he made a nice read to find Larry Fitzgerald who sat down in a soft spot in the front of the end zone for the go-ahead score. Anderson should get at least another two or three games to pilot this team no matter how he performs.
2010 Week 4 vs SD (7 / 14 / 64 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Anderson was very methodical in his operation, using a lot of short passes and keeping everything very close to the vest. Despite the conservative approach, Anderson still made a number of costly mistakes. He was intercepted twice on just 14 pass attempts, both of which were entirely his fault. He wasn't helped by the fact that he was under constant pressure early on, moving his feet and scrambling away. His second interception led to the entrance of youngster Max Hall into the game. It was not immediately known afterward who would receive the start next week, although Hall didn't light up the stat sheet during his time either.
2010 Week 5 vs NO (1 / 2 / 6 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
He came in the game late in the 1st half when Hall was shaken up following the big fumble and recovery for the touchdown. The fact the Cards won the game is not going to help Anderson get on the field again real soon. But honestly Hall is not a huge improvement over Anderson right now.
2010 Week 7 vs SEA (8 / 17 / 96 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
He definitely is a better QB right now than Max Hall. The problem is that's not saying much. Anderson has to be one of the worst 2 or 3 possible starting QBs in the NFL. Max Hall would be the worst against all other 31 teams. So Anderson doesn't elevate the Cardinals by much when he enters the football game. The team did respond to him and were able to put a scoring drive together to make the game closer at 16-7 and then even followed that up with another drive and a FG but Anderson is not helping them win games.
2010 Week 8 vs TB (16 / 24 / 234 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Anderson entered the game after Max Hall's second interception. He brought the Cards all the way back from down 17 to take a fourth quarter lead, mainly on good downfield passing to Steve Breaston. Anderson had good time to throw all afternoon, and he started off his day with a jumpball to Breaston that he snagged at the top of his leap. Anderson was patient and unafraid to challenge the defense. One interception was not his fault as LaRod Stephens-Howling had the ball jarred loss by a huge hit, but the other was in the red zone to a well-covered Larry Fitzgerald. It really ended the Cards best chance to win the game. Anderson also failed to come through on fourth down deep in Tampa territory in the first half, as his throw was low and bounced off of a helmet, although Steve Breaston still had a chance to catch it. Anderson had a few throws that he'd surely like to have back, but overall he played strong and gave the Cardinals their best chance to win. He deserves to stay in the starting lineup.
2010 Week 9 vs MIN (15 / 26 / 179 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
Derek Anderson is the ultimate in flip-flop quarterback play. Several times a game he completes passes with precision, the likes of which you only see from the very elite quarterbacks of the game; other times he completely overthrows a wide open receiver or makes an otherwise ill-advised throw. Anderson had that kind of up and down day in Minnesota. He connected with Larry Fitzgerald many times and the two had good chemistry. He should have been intercepted early by LB Chad Greenway but the linebacker dropped the pass. Anderson showed good ball placement to drop the ball to Fitzgerald between three Vikings while throwing out of his own end zone. Anderson played a decent game, but never threatened the Vikings to make any killer throws.
2010 Week 10 vs SEA (23 / 45 / 322 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Anderson played efficiently at the start, and also engineered a couple of impressive drives in the fourth quarter, but simply couldn't keep it up throughout. His success early in the game was due to him taking what the defense gave him, often finding the open man underneath. He also hit Fitzgerald successfully with a deep ball to the sideline, but that proved to be a rarity. After Anderson's interception (a pass to Fitzgerald that was clearly underthrown, and tipped before being caught) he really seemed to fall apart; tried to do too much. The result was a costly interception and a fumble that essentially sealed the game. Early in the fourth quarter, with his team down by more than 2 touchdowns, Anderson went to work in the no huddle offense, mainly in a 4 WR set, though sometimes RB Tim Hightower split outside to make it five. He ran the drill flawlessly, leading to a short passing score and giving Cardinal fans real hope, only to blow it on the next possession: all of his throws were hurried and just a little off target, resulting in a loss of downs and (soon after) another Seahawks TD. That was the nail in the coffin, though Anderson padded his stats a little on one last drive with the game out of reach.
2010 Week 11 vs KC (25 / 46 / 295 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Derek Anderson had an average game at the quarterback position for the Cardinals. On more than one occasion he missed wide open receivers with a step on their defenders down the field. Other times, he made some decent throws. However, it is obvious that Anderson is not good enough to unlock the talent in this Arizona passing attack.
2010 Week 12 vs SF (16 / 35 / 196 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Basically the train came off the track on the 1st play of the night for Anderson and he never was able to put it back on in week 12. On the 1st play of the game he botched handoff to Beanie Wells and he spent the rest of night sticking up the stadium while getting booed constantly. Playing from behind without a running game is never easy but he did himself no favors by consistently staring his receivers down. On his lone interception he errantly tried to force the ball into double coverage. This was ugly performance from top to bottom for the Cardinals and Anderson was at the helm of the ship for it. He simply had no answers.
2010 Week 13 vs STL (7 / 20 / 93 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Derek Anderson's time may be up in Arizona as he was benched for Max Hall in the third quarter. Anderson looked good early as he completed a couple of nice passes to Fitzgerald, but slowly regressed as the Rams continued to blitz him and he had no answer. Anderson may have put his heart and soul into the game, but it simply wasn't enough to get the offense moving as they stalled time and time again.
2009 Week 3 vs BAL (11 / 19 / 92 / 0 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Anderson replaced Brady Quinn at the start of the second half against Baltimore. He was able to move the offense at times but managed only a field goal against three interceptions. Anderson continues to be a stark contrast to Quinn in his preference to force the ball down the field, almost regardless of consequence.
2009 Week 4 vs CIN (26 / 48 / 269 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 1 rush)
Anderson had an up and down day. He completed many passes that Brady Quinn had been unable to complete, especially the deep fades and crossing routes that Quinn didn't have the time or the urgency to throw. However, Anderson was again inaccurate and missed wide open receivers with throws behind his wideouts on deep routes or underneath routes thrown with too much pace. He was also inconsistent in the red zone, overthrowing fades and forcing balls into tight coverage. He showed impressive chemistry with Mohammed Massaquoi, who more than doubled the targets of Braylon Edwards.
2009 Week 5 vs BUF (2 / 17 / 23 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Anderson likely set some career lows -- if not all-time NFL lows -- by playing the whole game and finishing with a 15.1 QB Rating (it was actually as low as 4.9 at one point). To be honest, he was absolutely terrible. But to be fair, he had help along the way. First, the Browns only called pass plays when the Bills would be expecting them to pass. Like clockwork, the first four possessions went like this: rush on first and second down, pass on third downs. Finally, on their fifth possession, the Browns opted to pass on first down, but the pass was tipped. So they went back to the old routine. When they did go to the air, Anderson was a victim of a few dropped passes, but mainly there were no open receivers downfield. Anderson's first completion came with 37 seconds left in the first half, and it didn't get any better after halftime. With the lack of offensive weapons at his disposal, it would be wise not to expect his prospects for success to improve anytime soon.
2009 Week 6 vs PIT (9 / 24 / 122 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Anderson was again plagued by dropped passes by his receivers and backs. Though many of his passes weren't precise, they were catchable and would have enabled the offense to stay on the field and get into a better rhythm. Anderson struggled against the Pittsburgh pressure defense and was often harried into throwing the ball away. Anderson did show flashes of his ability to get the ball downfield, showing nice touch on a post pattern completed to Mohamed Massaquoi between two defenders. Anderson lined up as a WR on a number of Wildcat snaps, with Josh Cribbs in shotgun formation. His lone interception was on a forced pass into double coverage to Massaquoi in the end zone late in the game.
2009 Week 7 vs GB (12 / 29 / 99 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Anderson struggled again against the Packers this week. When his receivers weren't dropping passes or failing to separate from the Green Bay corners on deep routes, Anderson was struggling with accuracy issues of his own, particularly when forced to throw the ball a half second early. Anderson showed a strong arm on a deep pass over the middle to Mohammed Massaquoi early in the first half, but couldn't connect with him on a number of other targets with underthrown or overthrown balls. Anderson's lone interception came when Brian Robiskie went one way on a curl route and Anderson threw the ball the other. Anderson also struggled in the red zone again, fumbling a snap and nearly throwing an interception into double coverage.
2009 Week 8 vs CHI (6 / 17 / 76 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 1 / 1 rush)
Anderson continued to struggle in his fifth start. He finished with only 76 yards passing, and had just two yards passing in the first half. Inaccuracy remains a problem, as Anderson rarely hits receivers when pressured and still has difficulty with touch on shorter routes. Anderson stared down Mohammed Massaquoi on a post route early and was intercepted on a diving catch by a Chicago defender. His second interception was a ball that should have been thrown away deep in his own territory and wasn't. Brady Quinn replaced him late in the fourth quarter.
2009 Week 16 vs OAK (8 / 17 / 121 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Anderson had little pressure on him throughout the game and benefited from the continued strong rushing effort of Jerome Harrison. At times, he showed a strong arm to fit the ball into tight windows and the touch to hit his receivers in stride, particularly on a long sideline pass to an open Mohammed Massaquoi for a touchdown. Anderson was inconsistent, however, missing open receivers badly and showing little touch and poor footwork on short passes. He also seemed reluctant to release the ball at the top of his drop at times, and took sacks on plays where he pump faked then was unable to reset his feet.
2009 Week 17 vs JAX (7 / 11 / 86 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Weather conditions amplified Anderson's struggles with inaccuracy early. He connected with a wide open Robert Royal down the seam off play action on the team's first offensive series, but the pass wobbled in the air. An overthrown sideline route and then underthrown pass leading to an interception pushed the Browns toward the running game and its success kept Anderson from having to throw much. His strong and accurate slant pass late in the fourth quarter helped to extend a drive that closed out the Jaguars.
2008 Week 1 vs DAL (11 / 24 / 114 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 24 / 0 rush)
Derek Anderson was under pressure by the Cowboys front seven for most of the game. He was not sacked but was pressured into making throws early and finding his secondary receiver. Anderson did show some rust and timing problems with his receivers that were probably an effect of his missing time in the preseason due to a concussion suffered three weeks prior. The timing problem was evident on the opening drive when he fumbled the ball while pulling back from the center on a third and one. The Browns recovered the ball but an excellent opportunity was wasted and they were forced to punt. He was also unable to connect with Braylon Edwards on some passes, with Edwards dropping some catchable balls.
2008 Week 2 vs PIT (18 / 32 / 166 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Anderson was extremely streaky. He would look like an all pro for two or three plays at a time, then regress back and make a bad decision or bad throw for a couple of plays. He was only sacked two times but was pressured very often on the night. Whenever he was pressured he seemed to have complete trust in Kellen Winslow and would go to his route almost blindly.
2008 Week 3 vs BAL (14 / 37 / 125 / 1 / 3 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Anderson looked awful against the Ravens. He was unable to get anything going against the swarming Baltimore defense. He was sacked four times, had many passes tipped at the line, and inaccurate on throws when he did have an open receiver. Through three weeks, it has looked like Anderson has regressed from last seasons' midseason breakout.
2008 Week 4 vs CIN (15 / 24 / 138 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 11 / 0 rush)
Anderson struggled early, but pulled it together in the second half. He calmed down and started stringing together a few receptions which led the Browns to victory. He was completely ineffective in the first half, as he was unable to hit wide open receivers on multiple occasions. It seemed like everything shifted back from stress to fun once he ran for 11 yards and a first down in the third quarter.
2008 Week 6 vs NYG (18 / 29 / 310 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / -2 / 0 rush)
Anderson had by far his best game of the season as he showed poise in the pocket and made good decisions. He had an excellent first half going 11 for 18 for 225 yards and one touchdown. Anderson hooked up with Braylon Edwards for 49 yard gain on a short pass that he took down left side line after breaking a tackle. It was by far Anderson longest pass play of the season to this point. But Anderson would go back to Edwards for even a longer pass in the second quarter when he hit him deep for a 70 yard gain when Edwards got behind the defender. The pass was a little underthrown and probably would have been a touchdown if Edwards didn't have to slow up to catch the ball. Anderson got his first touchdown pass on 22 yard pass to backup TE Darnell Dinkins late in the first half after leading his team on a 77 yard drive. Anderson overthrew WR Donte Stallworth on short pass from the Giants eight yard line early in the second quarter on what could have been a potential touchdown. Anderson did get a second touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to Edwards on a nice roll out for 11 yards. Anderson played with confidence in this game and made accurate passes throughout the game. He looked more like the quarterback of last year, rather then the one who has struggled this year and had a QB rating of 57 coming into this game.
2008 Week 7 vs WAS (14 / 37 / 136 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)
Anderson was ineffective for most of the game. Part of his challenge was the Redskins' pass rush, and dropped balls by some of his receivers, but he missed open receivers 11 times during the game. He seemed unsure of himself for most of the game, and did not get into any rhythm until the last two drives, when he threw with confidence and hit his receivers in stride to lead his team to within three points. Overall though he was inconsistent and did not appear confident in his decision-making or his throws. The only receiver he developed any rapport with was Braylon Edwards, but that was late in the game. Despite targeting Edwards 13 times, he only connected on four passes.
2008 Week 8 vs JAX (14 / 27 / 246 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Anderson was solid in this game. He made good decisions in terms of who to throw to, and although he did not attempt many deep passes, showed good touch on intermediate throws, hitting his receivers in stride and enabling them to gain yards after the catch. He tended to be inaccurate when faced with pressure from the Jaguars' pass rush and missed some receivers as a result. Once given time, he delivered the ball with velocity and improved accuracy.
2008 Week 9 vs BAL (17 / 33 / 219 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Anderson struggled to string together catches against the Ravens. When he did, he looked amazing; however he was not able to maintain momentum throughout the game. Anderson had a really nice deep pass to Edwards but it was dropped, and it seemed like he lost confidence after that. He threw a bad interception on a broken screen play shortly after that was returned for a touchdown.
2008 Week 12 vs HOU (5 / 14 / 51 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Anderson came in for Brady Quinn at the end of the third quarter due to Quinn failing to lead the offense successfully. Anderson was not much more successful, though, as he only completed five of 14 pass attempts and threw behind Jason Wright on a dump off causing it to get intercepted. Anderson still was in the habit of forcing the ball into good coverage, but he did make a couple of great throws that were not able to be brought in by Braylon Edwards.
2008 Week 13 vs IND (16 / 26 / 110 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Anderson sprained his MCL late in the game. He was leading the Browns through a lulling victory type of game plan until he had the football knocked out of his hands - leading to a touchdown return for the Colts' defense. Anderson looked accurate on all of his short throws but he really did not try many passes down the field. He seemed particularly focused on not turning the ball over with his arm.
2007 Week 1 vs PIT (13 / 28 / 184 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Anderson entered the game in the second quarter and immediately tried to get Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards more involved, providing some spark to the offense, but not nearly enough for his team that was outplayed in every facet of the game. While leading the offense to its only touchdown of the game, and avoiding the sacks that his counterpart Charlie Frye took, Anderson failed to complete 50% of his passes, and lost a fumble in the 34-7 loss.
2007 Week 2 vs CIN (20 / 33 / 328 / 5 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Anderson came into this game amidst the controversy of the Browns' quarterback situation. Despite the trade of Charlie Frye and fans cries for Brady Quinn to start, Anderson turned in an excellent statistical performance against the Bengals. While Anderson did throw for 328 yards, five touchdowns and only one interception, a number of his passes were off target. For example, Anderson connected on a 37 yard touchdown pass with Braylon Edwards in the fourth quarter. While Edwards was uncovered and Anderson under no pressure, the pass was nearly over Edwards head and only a fantastic diving catch saved the touchdown. Anderson concentrated his throws between Edwards and Kellen Winslow, as the two accounted for 21 of Anderson's 33 pass attempts. Perhaps the best statistic of the day was the fact the Browns did not allow a sack and gave the Anderson the time he needed to set up for his throws.
2007 Week 3 vs OAK (18 / 37 / 248 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 12 / 1 rush)
Though Anderson did a decent job of going through his progressions and finding the open receiver at various points throughout the game, he was also guilty at points of fixating on getting the ball to Braylon Edwards or Kellen Winslow when there were other receivers clearly more open. On his touchdown pass to Edwards, and at times throughout the game, Anderson showed good accuracy in his passes. Although at various points throughout the game, he was missing his receivers badly, and gave them no chance to catch the ball. Anderson threw two interceptions in this game on virtually identical plays, while trying to hit his tight end deep across the middle of the field, but failing to see the linebacker sneak underneath and intercept his pass. When he was good, he looked pretty good. But when he was bad, he was awful.
2007 Week 4 vs BAL (10 / 18 / 204 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)
Anderson had an excellent game, only throwing one interception and making the most of his 18 pass attempts. Most of Anderson's passes were crisp, on target throws that allowed his receivers room to run after the catch. He moved through his receiver progression well but still used Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow as his primary targets. The one time Anderson threw downfield, he hit Braylon Edwards in stride on a 78 yard touchdown pass. Anderson's 49 yard pass to Kellen Winslow was a perfectly thrown ball to the Winslow's outside shoulder, which allowed Winslow to break away from the defender and get downfield. The Browns did not ask Anderson to do a lot during the game and chose to stick with the running game
2007 Week 5 vs NE (22 / 43 / 287 / 2 / 3 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
Anderson completed 22 of 43 for 267 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw three costly interceptions. On the positive side, he has demonstrated real tenacity and the ability to get the ball to both Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow the way Charlie Frye could not. On the negative side, he forced his first interception into triple coverage on third and goal from the one yard line with Cleveland only down by a field goal.
2007 Week 6 vs MIA (18 / 25 / 245 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 13 / 1 rush)
Anderson looked excellent in the game, throwing for over 200 yards and accounting for four touchdowns - three through the air and one rushing. He was asked to make multiple timing throws with his receivers, and his passes were on time and on target all afternoon. Furthermore, Anderson stayed composed and in control of the offense throughout the game. Early in the fourth quarter, the Dolphins had narrowed the gap in the score to three points. Anderson led the Browns down the field on a 12 play, six minute drive to score a touchdown. Throughout the drive, Anderson looked calm and composed in the pocket, found the open receivers and delivered on time passes.
2007 Week 8 vs STL (18 / 25 / 248 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Anderson looked very impressive, throwing for three touchdown passes and completing 72% of his passes. He had the tendency to stare down his receiver, but both Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow were able to fight off the defenders for the ball. Perhaps the most impressive items in Anderson's arsenal were his chemistry and timing with his receivers. Whether it was connecting on timing patterns with Braylon Edwards, working over the middle with Kellen Winslow or using Joe Jurevicius as a third option possession guy, Anderson was on the same page with his receivers all afternoon. He really showed his continued growth in the offense, converting two third and long situations, early in the third quarter with excellent passes to Joe Jurevicius. In the third quarter he found Braylon Edwards on a perfectly thrown touchdown pass over the middle of the field, where Edwards had only beat his defender by a half step. For as good a catch as Edwards made on the play, it was the strength and accuracy of Anderson's arm that sealed the touchdown.
2007 Week 9 vs SEA (29 / 48 / 364 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 21 / 0 rush)
Anderson completed 60% of his passes for an average gain of 7.6 yards per attempt. Anderson's interception came early in the game, though he definitely turned things around in the second half to guide the Browns to victory. Anderson came very close to multiple touchdowns, including a pass to Kellen Winslow where he was forced out at the one yard line, and earlier in the game, missing on three straight attempts at the end of the first half from two yards out before having to settle for a field goal.
2007 Week 10 vs PIT (16 / 35 / 123 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Anderson completed just 46% of his passes for an average gain of 3.5 yards per attempt and finished with a passer rating of just a 54.8 despite three touchdowns and no interceptions. Anderson was very successful in converting third downs in the first half (the team punted just once), however struggled to get the offense going in the second half. The Steelers were applying heavy coverage to Braylon Edwards and tried to force Anderson to throw short passes over the middle throughout most of the game.
2007 Week 11 vs BAL (24 / 38 / 274 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 2 / 1 rush)
Anderson had a good, while not spectacular day, throwing for 274 yards and completing 63 percent of his passes. The Browns offense had trouble getting into rhythm for most of the day. A combination of turnovers, penalties and a few dropped passes all helped stall the Browns passing game. The Browns turned to Jamal Lewis and a power rushing game to make up for the shortfalls of the passing game. As of result of this shift in philosophy, Derek Anderson did not post the prolific passing numbers of games past.
2007 Week 12 vs HOU (24 / 35 / 253 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Anderson had a very good day, with the only bad pass being an interception on an under-thrown pass to Braylon Edwards in the second quarter. Outside of the interception, Anderson was able to find all three of his primary receivers all game long. His line gave him plenty of time to throw and he did a good job of going through his receiver progressions on most plays.
2007 Week 13 vs ARI (21 / 41 / 304 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Anderson had a rough day to start the game, throwing two interceptions in the first half. On the first interception, Anderson threw a nice pass but was victimized by the CB, Roderick Hood, breaking off his coverage to make a play on the ball. The second interception was a poorly thrown pass into triple coverage. Anderson did show a lot of poise to rebound from the throws and keep the Browns in the game with the passing attack. Following the second interception, it was clear that Anderson was making more of an attempt to go through his receiver progressions and seemed to make much better decisions.
2007 Week 14 vs NYJ (16 / 29 / 185 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
Anderson completed 55% of his passes for an average gain of 6.4 yards per attempt en route to a passer rating of 60.3. Despite the average day, he did what he needed to do win, highlighted by the Browns final drive of the first half, where he completed a fourth down pass to Braylon Edwards on the sideline and later scored on a play action fake to Jamal Lewis. Anderson continued his momentum by opening up the third quarter with a touchdown pass to Edwards to extend the lead and put the Browns in the driver's seat in this game.
2007 Week 15 vs BUF (9 / 24 / 137 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Anderson was hampered by the weather and turned to Jamal Lewis to carry the offense during the game. The Browns did make an attempt to kick start the passing game on a series late in the second quarter. Throwing downfield three times, Anderson did connect with Braylon Edwards for a big 25 yard gain. The pass, however, was a weak one thrown well over Edwards shoulder and it was only a leaping effort on Edwards part that turned the throw into a catch. The Browns receivers did modify their routes, running more banana shaped cut-in routes, and running some play action once Lewis had established the running game. While these routes were effective some of the time, by and large the weather had the final say and the Browns were forced to run the ball for most of the second half.
2007 Week 16 vs CIN (29 / 48 / 251 / 2 / 4 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Anderson had one of his worst performances of the season tossing four interceptions, none of which were easily forgivable. His first two interceptions were essentially the same over the middle throw that was nowhere near his intended receivers. In fact, on both throws, no less than three Bengal defenders were in position to make the catch. Both interceptions turned into points for the Bengals adding to the hole the Browns were collectively digging for themselves. His third interception was the true back-breaker as it came on the Cincinnati nine yard line and was a poor toss to Kellen Winslow. Indeed, for most of the afternoon Anderson's throws seemed just out of reach of his receivers as if he was just a step too slow. On the routes where he did connect, his receivers had to either dive for the ball, or jump and expose themselves to big hits. This was especially apparent on a leaping catch made by Winslow early in the third quarter. On the play, Winslow ran a nice cut route over the center of the field but the throw from Anderson was not only well behind him but forced him to leap into the air to make the catch. This throw allowed two Bengal defenders to lay a nice sandwich hit on Winslow.
2007 Week 17 vs SF (11 / 20 / 152 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Anderson and the Browns stuck to a more conservative gameplan, preferring to rush the ball and use up the clock with Jamal Lewis. He managed to connect with Braylon Edwards on a very nice 45 yard touchdown pass in the first half. On the play, Edwards was able to break away from Nate Clemens and Anderson hit him in stride, after looking off the safety on the opposite side of the field. The play was particularly nice as Anderson did not stare down Edwards for the length of the pattern and only looked Edwards' way at the last possible moment. He was injured in the second quarter after hitting his throwing hand on the helmet of a defender. After being taken to the locker room for X-rays on his pinky finger and wrist, he was given the green light to return to the game when the X-rays came back negative. Upon returning, Anderson still appeared to have the same zip on the ball but the Browns remained committed to the run.
2006 Week 13 vs KC (12 / 21 / 171 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 44 / 0 rush)
Anderson was brought in as a back-up for one series in the second quarter when Frye appeared to have multiple injuries. That apparently was all of the warm-up and practice he needed with the first unit. At the beginning of the second half, Anderson was thrust into the starter's slot for the remainder of the contest. He answered the call convincingly accumulating 171 yards and two touchdowns through the air, while running twice for 44 yards. He orchestrated a win for the Browns against a playoff contender.
2006 Week 14 vs PIT (21 / 37 / 276 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Anderson filled in for injured QB Charlie Frye (wrist) and did so admirably. He was perfect on the Browns' opening drive (4-4) including a 16 yard pass over the middle to WR Joe Jurevicius on the team's first play from scrimmage. That start failed to open up any kind of running game, however, and Anderson was forced to carry the offense throughout the game. He opted mostly for check downs and screens, but did his best to complete middle range passes over the middle and out patterns along the sidelines - when his receivers weren't dropping them, that is. Anderson was the victim of seven dropped passes. His only two errors was a late third quarter interception when he forced a pass deep to WR Braylon Edwards near the end zone, and a fumble early in the second quarter. He was sharp in a two minute drill, completing five of seven passes including a key 27 yard pass to Jurevicius where Anderson had to wait for Jurevicius to cross the field with the pocket closing rapidly around him. Three plays later, however, PK Phil Dawson's field goal attempt sailed wide left just before halftime. Anderson later completed four of five passes on Cleveland's only scoring drive, which was capped by a short pass to Braylon Edwards, who took it 45 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
2006 Week 15 vs BAL (23 / 32 / 223 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Anderson finished with an 85.8 passer rating by 72 percent of his passes while averaging 7.0 yards per passing attempt. Anderson showed good poise and confidence in throwing the ball downfield, developing a rhythm especially with Braylon Edwards throughout this game.
2006 Week 16 vs TB (10 / 27 / 123 / 0 / 4 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
After a few games in which Anderson looked very good, Anderson struggled mightily in this game, completing just 37 percent of his passes with an average gain of 4.6 yards per attempt, and finished with a passer rating of 12.5. While Anderson had passes go through the receivers hands or was hit hard on interceptions, the second year quarterback still was responsible for the poor effort. Anderson departed late in the game after being sacked, and it was announced he had separated his shoulder.