Game 1 vs. Pittsburgh 9/9: Backup QB and entered the game in the 2nd quarter…Was 13-of-28 passing for 184 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT for a 65.2 QB rating…In the 3rd quarter, capped a 7-play, 76 yard (3:41) drive with a 1-yard TD pass to FB Lawrence Vickers, as Anderson was 4-5-73 yards on the drive…Game 2 vs. Cincinnati 9/16: Started at QB and had a career day with 20-33 passing for 328 yards and 5 TDs and 1 INT for a 121.0 QB rating in a 51-45 win over the Bengals…The win was his first as a starter…Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week and also received NFL FedEx Air Player of the Week honors…His 5 passing TDs was a career-high and tied a franchise record (Kelly Holcomb, 11/28/04 at Cincinnati; Brian Sipe, 10/7/79 vs. Pittsburgh; Bill Nelsen, 11/2/69 vs. Dallas; Frank Ryan, 12/12/64, at N.Y. Giants)…His 328 yards passing and 121.0 QB rating were also career-highs…Led the offense to 554 net yards of offense, third highest in franchise history and 51 points, which tied for fourth highest in franchise history…His 328 yards passing, RB Jamal Lewis 216 yards rushing, and WR Braylon Edwards 146 yards and TE Kellen Winslow’s 100 yards receiving, marked the first time in club history to have a QB with 300-yards passing, a 100-yard rusher and two 100-yard receivers in the same contest…In the 2nd quarter, connected with WR Joe Jurevicius for a 17-yard TD in the corner of the end zone, as Anderson was 2-3-37 passing on the drive as the Browns opened a 13-7 lead…In the 2nd, connected with WR Jurevicius for a 9-yard TD strike to regain the lead, 20-14…Later in the 2nd quarter, hit TE Kellen Winslow over the middle for a 25-yard TD pass, as Anderson was 4-4-57 passing on the drive as the Browns opened a 27-21 halftime lead…Was 10-19-155 passing and 3 TDs in the first half…In the 3rd quarter, orchestrated an 8-play, 78-yard (3:52) drive capped by a 34-yard TD strike to WR Braylon Edwards, as Anderson was 3-4-63 passing on the drive, and opened a 34-24 lead…In the 4th quarter, connected with WR Edwards on a 37-yard TD pass, as Anderson was 3-3-75 passing on the drive and opened a 48-38 lead…In the second half connected on nine consecutive pass completions…Game 3 at Oakland 9/23: Started at QB and was 18-of-37 passing for 248 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT for a 57.0 QB rating…Also rushed 2 times for 12 yards, including his first career rushing TD on a 1-yard scamper…His 37 passing attempts matched a career-high…In the 3rd quarter, connected with WR Braylon Edwards on a 21-yard TD strike to open a 17-16 advantage, as Anderson was 2-3-37 passing on the drive…In the 4th quarter, orchestrated a 10-play, 80-yard (4:38 drive), capped by his 1-yard TD run to cut the Oakland lead, 26-24, as Anderson was 6-7-67 passing on the drive, including an 11-yard rush for a first down and the 1-yard TD run…Game 4 vs. Baltimore 9/30: Started at QB and was 10-of-18 passing for 204 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT for a 109.5 QB rating...In the opening drive of the game, orchestrated a 9-play, 55-yard (5:14) drive capped by a 2-yard TD pass to WR Joe Jurevicius, as Anderson was 4-5 passing on the drive for 41 yards as the Browns opened a 7-0 lead…Also in the 1st quarter, following a DB Leigh Bodden interception, on the next play connected with WR Braylon Edwards on a 78-yard TD pass to open an early 14-0 lead…The 78-yard TD strike was the longest pass completion of his career…In the 2nd quarter, led an 8-play, 31-yard, (4:18) drive, capped by RB Jamal Lewis’ 1-yard TD plunge, as Anderson was 3-4 passing for 63 yards, including a 49-yard pass to TE Kellen Winslow down to the Ravens 2-yard line, as the Browns opened a 24-3 lead…Game 5 at New England 10/7: Started at QB and was 22-of-43 passing for 287 yards with 2 TDs and 3 INT for a 59.0 QB rating…His 43 passing attempts were a career-high…In the 4th quarter, orchestrated a 7-play, 55-yard (3:50) drive capped with a 21-yard TD pass to WR Tim Carter to cut the lead to 20-10, as Anderson was 4-4-39 passing on the drive…Also in the 4th quarter, connected with TE Kellen Winslow on a 14-yard TD pass to cut the lead to 27-17…Completed a pass to seven different receivers…Game 6 vs. Miami 10/14: Started at QB and was 18-of-25 passing for 245 yards with 3 TDs for a 142.5 QB rating in a 41-31 win over the Dolphins…His 142.5 QB rating was the 11th best single-game QB rating in franchise history…Connected with WR Braylon Edwards for all 3 TDs…Led the offense to 384 net yards of offense and was 8-of-12 on third downs…In the 1st quarter, led the offense on the opening drive with a 5-play, 45-yard (2:14) drive capped by RB Jason Wright’s 1-yard TD plunge and an early 7-0 lead…In the 1st quarter, orchestrated a 10-play, 67 yard (6:08) drive, capped by Anderson’s 1–yard TD run to open a 14-3 lead, as Anderson was 2-3-27 passing on the drive…In the 2nd quarter, connected with WR for a 24-yard TD strike to open a 24-3 lead…In the 4th quarter, led a 12-play, 66-yard (6:53) drive, capped by a 5-yard TD pass to Edwards to open a 34-24 lead, as Anderson was 3-3-36 passing on the drive…Also in the 4th quarter, Anderson connected with Edwards on a 16-yard TD pass to open a 41-24 lead, as Anderson was 2-3-31 passing on the drive…Both 4th quarter TD passes to Edwards came on third down plays…Game 7 at St. Louis 10/28: Started at QB and was 18-of-25 passing for 248 yards and 3 TDs for a career-high 143.0 QB rating in a 27-20 road victory…The 143.0 QB rating marked the 11th best QB single-game rating in franchise history…In the 2nd quarter, orchestrated a 9-play, 67-yard (5:04) drive capped by a 12-yard TD pass to WR Braylon Edwards, to cut the deficit to 14-10, as Anderson was 3-3-25 passing on the drive…Also in the 2nd quarter, connected with TE Kellen Winslow on a 21-yard TD strike to open a 17-14 lead…On the opening drive of the 3rd quarter, led the Browns on a 12-play, 80-yard (6:16) drive, capped by a 5-yard TD pass to Edwards to open a 24-17 lead, as Anderson was 6-8-99 passing on the drive…Game 8 vs. Seattle 11/4: Started at QB and was 29-of-48 passing for 364 yards and 1 interception for a 75.3 QB rating in leading the Browns to a 33-30 overtime win…Established career highs in yards passing (364), completions (29) and attempts (48)…In the 2nd quarter, led a 9-play, 57-yard (2:11) drive, capped by RB Jamal Lewis 2-yard TD run to cut the deficit, 7-6, as Anderson was 4-4-50 passing on the drive…On the opening drive of the 3rd quarter, orchestrated an 11-play, 69-yard (6:03) drive, capped by Lewis 1-yard TD plunge to cut the deficit, 21-16, as Anderson was 4-5-54 passing on the drive…In the 4th quarter, led a 10-play, 54-yard (5:06) drive, capped by Lewis 2-yard TD rush to cut the deficit, 24-22, as Anderson was 3-5-35 passing on the drive…Also in the 4th, led a 14-play, 89-yard (5:38) drive, capped by Lewis 1-yard TD run, as Anderson was 8-11-92 passing on the drive, and also completed the two-point conversion to WR Joe Jurevicius to open a 30-27 lead…In the overtime session, was 2-2 passing, including a key 34-yard screen pass to Lewis down to the Seattle 21-yard line and followed with an 11-yard rush to the Seattle 10-yard line and two plays later, K Phil Dawson converted the game-winning 25-yard FG for a 33-30 overtime victory…Game 9 at Pittsburgh 11/11: Started at QB and was 16-of-35 passing for 123 yards and 3 TDs for a 83.4 QB rating…In the first quarter, orchestrated a 16-play, 71-yard (8:55) drive capped by a 4-yard TD pass to TE Kellen Winslow to open an early 7-0 lead, as Anderson was 7-10-56 passing on the drive…Also in the 1st quarter, connected with FB Lawrence Vickers on a 2-yard TD toss to open a 14-3 lead…In the 2nd quarter, hit WR Braylon Edwards in the corner of the end zone for a 16-yard TD pass to open a 21-6 lead…Completed eight consecutive passes in the first half…Game 10 at Baltimore 11/18: Started at QB and was 24-of-38 passing for 274 yards with 1 interception for a 73.8 QB rating…Also added 3 carries for 2 yards, including a 1-yard TD run…In the 2nd quarter, led a 6-play, 80-yard (2:56) drive, capped by RB Jamal Lewis 1-yard TD run to open a 10-0 lead, as Anderson was 2-2-68 passing, including a 50-yarder to WR Joe Jurevicius…In the 3rd quarter, had a 1-yard TD run to open a 20-14 lead…Trailing 30-27 late in the 4th quarter with 26 seconds remaining, connected on two passes, including an 18-yard pass to Braylon Edwards, to set up a K Phil Dawson game-tying 51-yard field goal to sent it to overtime…In the opening possession in overtime, orchestrated a 9-play, 43-yard (5:50) drive, capped by K Phil Dawson’s game-winning 33-yard FG for a 33-30 (OT) victory, as Anderson was 4-4-34 passing on the drive…Game 11 vs. Houston 11/25: Started at QB and was 24-of-35 passing for 253 yards with 2 TDs and 1 interception for a 96.5 QB rating…In the 2nd quarter led a 6-play, 70-yard (2:39) drive as he connected with WR Braylon Edwards for a 19-yard TD to tie the game, 7-7, as Anderson was 3-4-50 passing on the drive…Also in the 2nd quarter, orchestrated an 11-play, 64-yard (3:37) drive, capped by a 7-yard TD pass to TE Kellen Winslow to open a 14-10 lead, as Anderson was 8-10-62 passing on the drive…Game 12 at Arizona 12/2: Started at QB and was 21-of-41 passing for 304 yards with 2 TDs and 2 interceptions for a 71.6 QB rating…In the 2nd quarter, led a 10-play, 80-yard (6:01) drive and connected with RB Jamal Lewis on a 6-yard TD toss to cut the deficit, 14-10, as Anderson was 6-7-52 passing on the drive…In the 3rd quarter, connected with WR Braylon Edwards on a 67-yard TD pass, to cut the deficit 21-18…Game 13 at N.Y. Jets 12/9: Started at QB and was 16-of-29 passing for 185 yards with 2 TDs and 1 interception for a 83.3 QB rating in a 24-18 road victory…Matched a career-high eight passes to different receivers…In the 2nd quarter, orchestrated a 10-play, 80-yard (4:54) drive, capped by a 7-yard TD pass to RB Jamal Lewis to open a 7-0 lead as Anderson was 5-7-74 passing on the drive…In the 3rd quarter, connected with WR Braylon Edwards on a 4-yard TD pass to open a 14-3 lead…Game 14 vs. Buffalo 12/16: Started at QB and was 9-of-24 passing for 137 yards and a 57.1 QB rating in a 8-0 win played in blizzard-like conditions…In the 1st quarter, connected on a 25-yard pass to WR Joe Jurevicius and an 11-yard swing pass to RB Jamal Lewis to set up K Phil Dawson’s 35-yard FG to open a 3-0 lead…In the 2nd quarter, orchestrated a 10-play, 62-yard (2:44) drive capped by Dawson’s 49-yard field goal to open a 8-0 lead at the half…Game 15 at Cincinnati 12/23: Started at QB and was 29-of 48 passing for 251 yards with 2 TDs and 4 interceptions for a 53.4 QB rating…His attempts (48) and completions (29) matched career highs…In the 3rd quarter, orchestrated an 11-play, 71-yard (5:50) drive capped by a 2-yard TD pass to WR Braylon Edwards to cut the deficit, 19-7, as Anderson was 5-6-38 passing on the drive…In the 4th quarter, connected with Edwards on a 5-yard TD strike to cut the deficit, 19-14…Game 16 vs. San Francisco 12/30: Started at QB and was 11-of-20 passing for 152 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception…In the 2nd quarter, orchestrated a six-play, 61-yard (3:17) drive capped by a 45-yard TD strike to WR Braylon Edwards to open a 14-0 lead…Left the game in the 2nd quarter (finger) and returned to play the second half.
Entered the season as the backup QB behind starter Charlie Frye…After Frye suffered a bone bruise injury late in the season, Anderson moved into the starting lineup and played in five games, including three starts, and completed 66-of-117 passes for 793 yards with 5 TDs and 8 interceptions for a 63.1 QB rating…In his first significant appearance in the NFL, threw two 4th quarter TD passes in leading a 31-28 (OT) victory vs. Kansas City on Dec. 3…Had a career-high 276 yards passing at Pittsburgh on Dec. 7, and a career-high 23 completions at Baltimore on Dec. 17, including 13 consecutive completions, the fifth-most in franchise history…Made his NFL debut vs. Denver on Oct. 22, replaced starter Frye for one play in the 1st quarter and did not attempt a pass…Replaced Frye for one series in the 2nd quarter and then for the entire second half and the overtime session vs. Kansas City on Dec. 3, and completed 12-of-21 passing for 171 yards with 2 TDs and 1 interception for a QB rating of 95.5, as he led the Browns from a 14-point deficit in the 4th quarter for a 31-28 OT win…In the 4th quarter, led the Browns on an 8-play, 81-yard (3:24) drive, capped by a 6-yard TD pass to TE Steve Heiden, as Anderson was 4-7-76 passing on the drive, including a 54-yard shovel pass to RB Jason Wright, and cut the deficit, 28-21…Late in the 4th quarter, orchestrated a 9-play, 70-yard (4:42) drive, capped by a 3-yard TD pass to TE Steve Heiden to tie the game at 28-28 with 0:35 seconds left in regulation, as Anderson was 3-4-28 passing on the drive…In overtime, led the Browns first possession on a 9-play, 63-yard (5:38) game-winning scoring drive as K Phil Dawson converted a 33-yard FG for the win, as Anderson was 2-2-34 passing on the drive, including a key 33-yard run down to the Kansas City 12-yard line to set up the winning field goal…Made his first NFL start at Pittsburgh on Dec. 7, and was 21-of-37 passing for 276 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception for a 78.2 QB rating…In the 4th quarter, connected with WR Braylon Edwards on a 45-yard TD pass…Started at Baltimore on Dec. 17, and was 23-of-32 passing for 223 yards with 2 TDs and 2 interceptions for a 85.8 QB rating…Connected on a 3-yard TD pass to WR Joe Jurevicius in the 2nd quarter and a 14-yard TD pass to WR Braylon Edwards in the 3rd quarter…His 23 completions were a career-high…In the 1st quarter, led the Browns on a 6-play, 43-yard (3:38) scoring drive capped by K Phil Dawson’s 51-yard FG to open a 3-0 lead as Anderson was 3-3-39 passing on the drive…Late in the 2nd quarter, connected with Jurevicius on a 3-yard TD toss to cap a 6-play, 70-yard (1:45) drive to cut the deficit, 17-10, as Anderson was 6-6-65 passing on the drive…In the first half was 13-of-16 for 135 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception…In the 3rd quarter, orchestrated an 8-play, 84-yard (4:55) drive with a 14-yard TD strike to Edwards to tie the game, 17-17, as Anderson was 4-4-52 passing on the drive…Had 13 consecutive pass completions, which tied for fifth highest in franchise history…Completed a pass to eight different receivers…Started vs. Tampa Bay on Dec. 24, and completed 10-of-27 passes for 123 yards and 4 interceptions for a 12.3 QB rating…Left the game in the 4th quarter with a right shoulder separation…Placed on Injured Reserve on Dec. 26, 2006.
Originally drafted by Baltimore on the sixth-round and claimed by Cleveland via waivers on Sept. 20…Listed as the inactive-3rd QB for the final 14 regular season games.
A three-year starter at Oregon State and was the first QB to lead the team to three bowl games during the school’s 112-year history…Possesses 20 of the top 50 passing marks (281 yards or more) in OSU annals…Only the second player in Pac-10 Conference history to throw for over 4,000 yards in a season (Washington’s Cody Pickett, 4,458 in ’02)…Only Andrew Walter of Arizona State (85, 2001-04) threw for more TDs in Pac-10 annals than Anderson’s 79…One of the most physically-gifted QBs in Oregon State football history, he possesses all the tools that made him among the most productive players in Division I-A football…In 2004, he extended his consecutive starts string to 38, completing 279-of-515 passes (54.2%) for 3,615 yards, 29 TDs and 17 interceptions…One of only six Pac-10 QBs to pass in excess of 10,000 yards – joining Carson Palmer (USC), Steve Stenstrom (Stanford), Cade McKnown (UCLA), Cody Pickett (Washington) and Walter…For his career, Anderson completed 768-of-1,515 passes (50.7%) for 11,249 yards, 79 TDs and 57 interceptions, breaking the old school career records of 9,680 yards and 55 scores by Jonathan Smith (1998-2001)…His 10,716 yards in total offense broke Smith’s previous school record of 9,680…In 2003, he surpassed his school record and had the second-best season in Pac-10 history when he threw for 4,058 yards (record held by Washington’s Cody Pickett, who threw for 4,458 yards in 2002)…Connected on 261 of 510 passes (51.2%) with 24 TDs as a junior…Moved into the starting lineup in 2002, setting school season records with 3,313 yards and 25 TDs passing, topping the previous marks of 3,053 yards by Jonathan Smith in 1999 and 20 scoring strikes by Smith in 2000...He completed 47% of his passes (211 of 449) with 13 interceptions that season…Played in five games as a true freshman in 2001, hitting on 17-of-41 passes (41.5%) for 263 yards, a TD and 3 interceptions.
Attended Scappoose (Ore.) High School…First player selected as the 3A Player of the Year in football and basketball in the same season...As a senior, led Scappoose to the Oregon state football title and selected the top QB in the state and second in the nation by Super Prep Magazine…SuperPrep All-American pick and rated the magazine’s 10th best player in the nation…Also earned All-American honors from PrepStar and Student Sports…Named USA Today Player of the Year for Oregon…Threw for 8,177 yards and 85 TDs during his three-year varsity career…Was a second-team All-State pick as a junior…Averaged 26.8 points and 10.8 rebounds during his senior year on the basketball court…Played in 104 basketball games and averaged 18.6 points and 8.6 rebounds…First-team All-State choice as a junior and senior in basketball…Finished his career earning four letters in football and basketball and two in track (shot put, hurdles, 1,600-meter relay)…Played in numerous All-Star games in football and basketball, including the inaugural National High School All-Star game in Highland, Texas…Majored in liberal studies at Oregon State…Participated in the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana and was an instructor at the EA Sports Elite 11 QB Camp in Southern California, both in July, 2004…A right-handed passer, but writes left-handed…Born June 15, 1983, in Portland, Ore…Full name: Derek Matthew Anderson…Married the former Lisa Sorenson on July 8, 2006.
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