QB Vinny Testaverde - Carolina Panthers
|6-5, 227||Born: 11-13-1963||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick|
2007 Week 6 vs ARI (20 / 33 / 206 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Despite only having a few days to prepare, Testaverde can credit his 21 NFL years of experience as a major reason why the Panthers won this game. Like a veteran quarterback should play, Testaverde was 20 for 33 for 206 yards and one touchdown. The biggest stat? No turnovers. Many of his throws were short ranged. When he did throw downfield, his rustiness showed as they were overthrown or thrown behind the receiver. He did hook up with Steve Smith for a 65 yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to put the Panthers ahead for good. He targeted seven players and often did just enough to move the team downfield. He showed surprising velocity on his passes and when he was forced from the pocket, he showed agility. In short, he did not make the mistakes that would have put the Panthers in a hole.
2007 Week 8 vs IND (12 / 20 / 82 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Testaverde started off pretty well. He led Carolina on an 11 minute, 18 play drive to start the game. It looked like Carolina was going to take a big lead but Testaverde threw a bad interception in the end zone to end the threat. He was injured in the third quarter when he went to hand off and his lineman stepped on his ankle. He left the game and did not return. Testaverde finished 12 of 20 for 82 yards.
2007 Week 10 vs ATL (13 / 28 / 153 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Testaverde was able to play after testing his Achilles in the pre game warm-ups. He finished the game going 13 of 28 for 153 yards and no touchdowns. For most of the game, Carolina did not try to open up the offense. It was late in the game when Testaverde was given the chance to make some throws. He drove them down the field and Carolina was able to tie the game with a field goal.
2007 Week 11 vs GB (19 / 37 / 258 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 19 / 0 rush)
Testaverde went 19 of 37 for 258 yards and two touchdowns. The touchdowns came when Green Bay had the game well in hand. He was intercepted on the opening drive of the game on a poorly thrown pass. Testaverde had a pass picked off that was negated by a Green Bay penalty. Early in the third quarter, he was once again intercepted on a bad throw. His first touchdown came with Carolina down by 25 points in the third quarter. Late in the game Testaverde threw a touchdown to Drew Carter on a five yard pass. He didn't look terrible, but he was unable to carry this team without Steve Smith.
2007 Week 13 vs SF (17 / 26 / 169 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Vinny Testaverde got the start in this game. With the Carolina defense playing great, he did just enough to win the game. Testaverde threw for 153 yards on 17 of 26 attempts. He threw two short touchdowns but was also picked off twice. Testaverde found Dante Rosario for a five yard touchdown and Jeff King for a one yard touchdown. He even lined up at wide receiver near the goal line with Steve Smith at the quarterback position. Smith ran the ball to the right with Vinny lined up on the left side. To his credit, he did try to block Nate Clements on the play.
2007 Week 14 vs JAX (13 / 28 / 84 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Testaverde did not have good touch at all in this game. He was uncharacteristically missing his receivers when it looked like they might have a step on the defender. He completed 13 of 28 passes for 84 yards and no touchdowns. Testaverde threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Also, he had Jeff King down the middle but over threw him on what would have been a touchdown.
2006 Week 11 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
With 2:00 left in the game, newly signed Testaverde was given mop up duty and took a knee on three consecutive plays to run out the clock.
2006 Week 17 vs TEN (2 / 3 / 29 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
With his seven yard TD pass to Troy Brown with 1:45 left in the game, Testaverde set an NFL record by throwing at least one TD pass in 20 straight seasons. He completed two of three passes for 29 yards and the one score.
2005 Week 5 vs TB (13 / 19 / 163 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
We are in week five, and Testaverde is the fourth quarterback used by the Jets this year, so we're guessing all the Jets fans had their fingers crossed in hopes that Testaverde would bring some hope to the ball club, and it looks as though he did. He did not have very impressive fantasy numbers throwing for 163 yards and 13 completions on 19 attempts, but he did seem to have command of the offense, and the players looked like they believed the team could win with him at quarterback. He did not have any touchdowns and he did throw an interception, but he was able to make crucial throws when the Jets needed them.
2005 Week 6 vs BUF (12 / 26 / 161 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 1 / 1 rush)
The Bills pressured Testaverde well, sacking him five times, intercepting twice, and recovering one of his fumbled snaps. Testaverde actually fumbled two snaps on the day and threw several poor passes. Some lacked accuracy while others fell short. He favored McCareins in this game and found him for five completions of 18 yards or over. Testaverde also scored on a one yard sneak in the third quarter. Basically, he looked more like the rusty guy we might have expected last week in his first game back. He did score on a QB sneak.
2005 Week 7 vs ATL (11 / 18 / 140 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 1 rush)
Testaverde's game started and ended on the wrong foot. Testaverde was credited with a lost fumble on the Jets' second play from scrimmage. The fumble was the result of a bad exchange with new center Pete Kendall. Testaverde's night ended after DeAngelo Hall intercepted a third and thirteen pass in the third quarter. Testaverde was trying to hit Laveranues Coles on a deep pass down the right sideline. Though, the pass was intercepted, the net result was as good as a punt. After that pass, Testaverde was forced to leave the game with an injury to his right Achilles. In between those plays, things were up and down for Testaverde. After his initial fumble, Testaverde fumbled on two of the Jets' next three possessions. However, each fumble was the result of Falcons' defenders getting into the backfield unscathed. Testaverde had no chance to evade the pursuit. Testaverde's night was not all bad. He led the Jets on an eight play, 63 yard touchdown drive that ended with his one yard plunge into the end zone. Considering the fierce pass rush he faced, Testaverde's passing numbers could have been much worse.
2005 Week 9 vs SD (6 / 11 / 98 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Testaverde started and was mildly effective. He didn't do a poor job when in there, but he couldn't lead the Jets to any sustained drives. Much of his production came on one big pass play to TE Chris Baker. Testaverde left the game after getting banged up while being sacked. Backup QB Brooks Bollinger entered the game and immediately sparked the team's comeback. Aside from Testaverde's possible health questions, it's likely that Bollinger earned himself a start next week with his performance Sunday.
2005 Week 11 vs DEN (15 / 25 / 152 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Testaverde replaced the injured Brooks Bollinger. Though he completed 15 of 25 passes, he was unable to lead the Jets on any scoring drives and was responsible for all four of the Jet's offensive turnovers. Testaverde was credited with a fumble on a botched exchange with center Pete Kendall. He also fumbled when sacked by Ian Gold in the third quarter and threw two interceptions. Testaverde's mobility is almost nonexistent, making him a sitting duck and leading to fumbling problems. Testaverde re-injured his bothersome leg late in the game and collapsed to the turf without being hit. He was able to walk off the field, but you have to wonder if he will be able to play again.
2005 Week 16 vs NE (3 / 7 / 63 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Testaverde came into the game late in the fourth quarter as a gesture from Herm Edwards. Since it was the last home game of the season for the Jets, in what is likely the final season of Testaverde's long career. He was able to lead the Jets on a touchdown drive that culminated in a deep pass to Laveranues Coles, which Coles was able to out jump the defender to grab. With this touchdown pass, Testaverde's first of the season despite starting a number of games, Vinny Testaverde passed Johnny Unitas and Fran Tarkenton to become the first player in NFL history to throw at least one touchdown pass in 19 consecutive seasons.