Bills make it official with Derek Anderson

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The Bills cranked up their former Charlottean carousel Tuesday, signing a former Panther and cutting one to make room for him.

The team announced the anticipated signing of quarterback Derek Anderson, and released safety Dean Marlowe to clear the roster spot.

Anderson was a trusted hand for the Panthers as Cam Newton‘s backup, but when they changed offenses this offseason he was deemed surplus to requirements.

But he was a valuable sounding board for Newton, and won a pair of starts in 2014 in his place.

Whether he supplants Nathan Peterman on the depth chart remains to be seen, but that’s probably inevitable.

20 responses to “Bills make it official with Derek Anderson

  1. It’s about time. It’s something that we desperately needed. I never thought I’d get so excited to have Derek Anderson on our team, but this is a great move. First I would feel so much better with him playing in the event Allen gets hurt over Peterman. Secondly, Darnold has McCown, Baker has Tyrod, Rosen has Bradford, and Jackson has Flacco. Even later round guys like Rudolph has Big Ben and Lauetta has Eli. This is about 5 weeks too late, but better late than never. Great move.

  2. The surprising part to me is they would cut a safety to make room for him rather than just have him take Peterman’s spot directly. Defensive backs are like lineman in that you really can never have enough on the roster because somebody is always getting hurt. But how often do you really need a third QB? (Especially one who has proven totally incapable of ever being a starter, even for a short fill-in span?)

  3. mogogo1 says:
    October 9, 2018 at 11:58 am
    The surprising part to me is they would cut a safety to make room for him rather than just have him take Peterman’s spot directly. Defensive backs are like lineman in that you really can never have enough on the roster because somebody is always getting hurt. But how often do you really need a third QB? (Especially one who has proven totally incapable of ever being a starter, even for a short fill-in span?)

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    Agreed. Marlowe actually was decent on Sunday.

  4. So, the Bills are worried that another team might pick Peterman up off of waivers if they cut him? Do the Bills know that this thing called video exists where other teams can watch past performances of players?

  5. Seriously? Bills fans are talking PLAYOFFS? Might want to address that -55 point differential. That “lowest-scoring team in the NFL” stat is pretty nasty, too.

  6. You have to trust Beane and McDermott on this call. Hopefully, Anderson is much better as a mentor/coach than he was as a player.

  7. I’m very surprised that Peterman wasn’t cut. He has shown he is useless as a starting QB unless it’s the preseason just like Trent Edwards was. The only reason I think he wasn’t cut is because McDermott/Beane don’t want to admit they screwed up drafting him.

  8. I could supplant Peterman and there wouldn’t be any dropoff, since we both occupy rock bottom, so Anderson has a low, low bar to meet.

  9. Now Nathan Peterman will get plucked off of the Bills practice squad by the Patriots and become then next Tom Brady under Belichick’s tutelage and terrorize the Bills for the next 20 years. This is how the life of a Bills fan works. Maybe Peterman really is that bad and will be out of the league by next year, but if it happens, you heard it here first.

  10. .
    The Bills season is not going to be pretty. However there’s a brighter future. They have a QB on a rookie contract who is learning the hard way, but gaining valuable experience. They will recoup 60 million in dead cap dollars that were incurred by the previous regime. With that they can finally be a player in free agency . Plus they should have a high slot in the draft plus additional picks acquired by trade.
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  11. Hope they sneak Marlowe back onto the practice squad but nice to have a real vet QB, now.

    And agreeing with most of you, too — what does Peterman have on them? It’s magic that he’s still on the team.

  12. They’ll put Marlowe pack on the practice Squad. He played pretty well. I’m just glad we got a veteran in the room. This can help with Allen’s development. Was Anderson a great QB, no, but he played a long time and had a pretty good year or two. He’ll be a huge upgrade from anything else they had in that room, ya know a guy who actually played in the real NFL. You need that mentor to help you move up the learning curve, it wasn’t gonna happen with Nate back there. I’m amazed it took this long to get a vet in.

  13. After the Bills get the first overall pick come April maybe they can package Peterman and some later picks to rob another team of another first round pick!

  14. This is a great move. Anderson will be a quality veteran mentor.

    Not sure why everyone think Peterman should have been cut. He will be eventually but you need a backup QB that knows your playbook. You can’t have your only backup be a guy that just landed in town. Give it a week.

    Marlowe will likely land on our practice squad in the meantime.

  15. “First I would feel so much better with him playing in the event Allen gets hurt over Peterman.”

    Why? Wouldn’t want the 10th pick in the draft to turn into the 6th?

    The only reason this matters a bit is if you think there’s value in DA mentoring Allen. But I don’t know how mentoring is going to make Allen any more accurate.

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