Back-up quarterbacks have one of the sweetest gigs in all of professional sports…as long as nobody notices them, that is.
You might have forgotten about Derek Anderson completely. You might have been only vaguely aware that he was still kicking around the league somewhere, especially given the fact that he has only attempted four passes in competitive action since the 2010 season.
How it would go if Anderson actually had to take over for Newton for an extended period of time is hard to estimate. There would certainly be an adjustment and a clash in styles. It’s nothing the Panthers want to think about, so they are hoping that this contract will be nothing more than them paying Anderson to take reps in practice, play preseason games, and wear a cap on the sidelines.