Anderson a logical pick as Newton's backup

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If you were looking for a battle for the job to hold quarterback Cam Newton's clipboard, sorry.

There isn't one.

Derek Anderson will begin his third season as the backup for the Carolina Panthers. There really never was a serious competition between the 2007 Pro Bowl selection at Cleveland and Jimmy Clausen.

Anderson is a veteran who has a stabilizing effect on Newton. He started 43 games from 2006 to 2010 between Cleveland and Arizona, so if Newton were to go down, he has experience to step in and lead.

In three preseason games, Anderson has completed 57.7 percent of his passes, close to what the Panthers are looking for. Newton has struggled at 47.8 percent.

"Our backup quarterback situation has really shaped itself out to what it was last year," coach Ron Rivera said. "As we're going forward, we've got a good crop of quarterbacks and we feel very strong about those guys."

The only remaining question is will the team keep three quarterbacks or two? Stay tuned on that one.