With rookie quarterback Brady Quinn heading for what looks to be a holdout, and last years starter Charlie Frye looking like a lost puppy recently in mini-camp, sources say that there is a legit chance that the Cleveland Browns could actually open the season with of all people at quarterback – Derek Anderson. Yes, Derek Anderson, a basic no-name quarterback who did play a few games last season for the Browns in what was a season to forget as the team limped to a 4-12 record.
Anderson played in 4 games, completing 63 percent of his throws and throwing five TD’s and 8 INT’s. He led the team to a stirring home comeback win against the Chiefs, but then was brought back to earth as he lost games vs the Steelers and Tampa Bay. Frye started the last game of the season, and was not too good as the Browns lost the final game of the season vs the Texans.
Some say that Anderson has the best arm in camp, and for sure looks like the most that would be ready to start if the season began today. Frye looks like a quarterback that was for sure effected by the drafting of Quinn, as if he knew the moment it happened that he would not be starting anymore. He has done nothing to prove that he is ready to take the competition in stride and win the job between the three.
As for Quinn, a holdout has already been talked about at length, as there is no doubt that there is going to be a problem trying to figure out his worth getting picked at the number 22 spot in the draft. It is a forgone conclusion that eventually he will be the starter, and will stay the starter for many years to come for the Browns, but right now the biggest question for him is when will he be in camp and after that when would he be ready to go.
So if your sitting in the 15th round of your fantasy draft and you need a quarterback and want one that may actually be a starter, take a flyer on Anderson. He’s not exaclty going to put up Peyton Manning numbers, but at this point, it looks as if he has the best shot at starting opening day for the Browns vs the rival Steelers.