It's not like the Carolina Panthers' quarterback situation is in a state of flux this year as it was in 2010. At that time, Jake Delhomme had just been released and the team was left with fourth-year player Matt Moore and rookie Jimmy Clausen. As the two QBs went back and forth for the starting job, the team spiraled to a 2-14 finish, good enough for the number one draft pick. With that pick, the Panthers took a reigning Heisman Trophy winner and BCS National Champion quarterback named Cam Newton, and, well, you know how it goes. With Moore (now with the Dolphins) and Clausen (now with the Bears) no longer on the roster, the Panthers have a new array of backups, who will get their fair share of action during the preseason.
Cam Newton (4th season, Auburn)
One of the most miserable seasons in franchise history turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the Panthers, as it brought them talent at quarterback unlike any the team had ever seen before. After putting up what could possibly be the best rookie season ever by a quarterback in which Cam broke more records than the average human being has fingers, Cam Newton suffered a bit of a sophomore slump before rebounding in 2013. As he recovers from offseason ankle surgery, he will look to guide the Panthers back to the playoffs and become the first team to repeat as NFC South champions since the division was formed in 2002. Getting used to an entirely new group of receivers would be a challenge for any quarterback, but Ron Rivera has said that Cam is bonding well with the new guys. These statements reflect well on his maturity, which had been criticized in previous seasons after he would often be seen sulking on the bench after a bad drive. Now that his leadership skills are now longer an issue, it looks like Cam Newton is poised to become one of the Panthers’ (and the NFL's) all time greats.
Derek Anderson (10th season, Oregon State)
Cam Newton's veteran backup once starred for the Cleveland Browns, throwing for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2007 to lead the Browns to their best season since 1994 and earn himself a Pro Bowl appearance. However, over the next two years, he struggled due to injuries and was eventually phased out in favor of Ohio native Brady Quinn. He was then signed to a two-year contract by the Arizona Cardinals, and threw for 2,065 yards and seven touchdowns in his only season with the team. On July 28th, 2011, he was released by the Cardinals and signed with the Panthers three days later. Since then, he has appeared in eight games for Carolina, usually in the final minutes of a blowout or filling in for a few plays if Cam gets hurt.
Joe Webb (5th season, Alabama-Birmingham)
David Gettleman has a distinct philosophy when it comes to quarterbacks: two's enough. So why is there talk of this 2010 Vikings sixth-rounder (199th overall) potentially staying on the Panthers' 53-man roster as the third string quarterback? Because Joe Webb has a very unique set of skills, especially when it comes to running the read-option. As a senior at UAB in 2009, he threw for 2,299 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 1,427 yards and eleven TD’s. In Minnesota, he played in 33 games over four seasons, passing for a total of 853 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for a total of 273 yards and four touchdowns. In January 2013, Webb was named the starter for the Vikings' Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers after Christian Ponder sustained a shoulder injury in the team's regular season finale. He completed 11 of 30 passes for 180 yards and one touchdown as the Vikings lost 24-10.
Matt Blanchard (3rd season, Wisconsin-Whitewater)
The Panthers' probable practice squad quarterback won three national championships at D-III powerhouse Wisconsin-Whitewater before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears. After he was injured in a preseason game in 2013, the team parted ways with Blanchard, and he was signed by the Panthers a few months later.