Derek Anderson And His Cannon Arm Make Sense For The Arizona Cardinals

Tyler CurtisAnalyst IMarch 9, 2010

CLEVELAND - JANUARY 03:  Derek Anderson #3 of the Cleveland Browns yells out a play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Derek Anderson has recently been cut by the Cleveland Browns. I don’t know if there will be much interest in him, but there should be.

He played on an awful Browns team last year and his stats reflected that. He only had 888 yards and three touchdowns in the eight games he played. He threw 10 interceptions in those games. Not a good ratio.

He completed 44.5 percent of his passes and had a horrible 42.1 rating. As far as passing yards went he was 40th out of 40 quarterbacks to qualify.

There is no way anyone forgets the game against the Buffalo Bills when Anderson went 2 for 17 with only 23 yards. That was the worst quarterback performance I can recall, well,  ever.

With all that being said, he had a strong finish to the season and looked to be improving. Two short years ago he was a Pro Bowler who threw for 3,787 yards, 29 touchdowns, and had a 82.5 rating.

He can throw the deep ball extremely well and Braylon Edwards didn’t help him any by dropping a ton of passes. He would fit in the right offense and I have that offense in mind.

It seems that the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, and Arizona Cardinals are the three front runners as of right now. The Cardinals seem like the right fight to me.

They have solid depth at wide receiver and a good running game to take some pressure off of Anderson. Throwing the deep ball to Larry Fitzgerald is a scary thought for opponents.

Fitzgerald catches anything near him, and Anderson will be able to get it up there to him. The other reason Anderson should end up here in the desert is the chance to start.

No one knows how good Leinart will be (I think he will be fine), and if he falters Anderson could step right in. He has a big arm and when in the right offense. he can certainly produce.

Who knows if this will happen, but I think it would be a good move for the Cardinals. It seems to make a lot of sense.


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