14-year NFL veteran becomes Bills quarterback mentor

October 10, 2018 07:45 PM

The Bills are back to being a three quarterback team. 

On Tuesday, the Bills signed quarterback Derek Anderson. Anderson is a 14-year veteran of the NFL. He spent the past seven seasons in Carolina where he helped mentor Cam Newton into a league MVP.  

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Now, hopefully, he can come in here with Josh Allen and repeat that process here in Buffalo. 

"His primary roll here is to add his wisdom on and off ours when coaches aren't always around, and share his perspective on things with some young quarterbacks in that room with Nate and Josh," explained head coach Sean McDermott. 

"I've seen a lot of football. I've been through a lot of ups and downs in my career, and just be a guy that he can lean on. I told him to ask me questions, any question and I told him, bud, I'm here for you," added Anderson. 

Meanwhile, Josh Allen said, "He's seen it, he knows how it feels in the pocket. He knows what it feels like to let the ball go early. That's what we were doing after practice right now, trying to get the ball out earlier and trusting the receivers coming out of their breaks. He's a big, strong armed guy like myself that maybe struggled a little bit at the beginning of his career with the touch, so from that aspect I think he's the perfect guy and I'm lucky to have him." 

As for the impact that Anderson's arrival will have on the current structure at One Bills Drive, head coach Sean McDermott said it will be pretty minimal because Nathan Peterman is still this team's number two. 


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