2. Derek Anderson – Quarterback
Two players will make the list because of the 10-6 season in 2007 and there was almost a third with Jamal Lewis. The man throwing Edwards those 16 touchdowns in 2007 was none other than quarterback Derek Anderson.
Anderson was a sixth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2005 but would not see the field until 2006 after joining the Browns. Anderson replaced starting quarterback Charlie Frye and in three starts would go 0-3.
Then in 2007, Anderson earned the starting job after week one from Frye. Anderson would go 10-5 as the starter that year and lead the Browns to their only double-digit win total since their return in 1999. Anderson didn’t just have a strong running game with Lewis, he threw for over 3,700 yards and had 29 touchdowns passes which earned him a trip to the pro-bowl.
An injury in 2008 would be Anderson’s demise in Cleveland, but he never saw success again with the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, or Buffalo Bills. Anderson had a nice 13-year career, but half of his wins as a starter came in one season and he would never throw for more than 2,007 yards in a single season again.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a long career as a backup quarterback in the NFL, but many expected big things from Anderson after his bust-out season in 2007. The lanky Oregon State Beaver had a cannon and was not afraid to push the ball down the field.