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Derek Anderson’s ties to Patriots coach give Panthers an advantage

Carolina Panthers backup quarterback Derek Anderson has a good understanding of the Patriots’ offense because of his ties to New England offensive assistant Brian Daboll.

Daboll was Cleveland’s offensive coordinator in 2009 during Anderson’s final season with the Browns, and ran an offense that was heavily influenced by his first stint on Belichick’s staff.

“I understand a lot of the concepts, how they teach some of the reads and some of the stuff they do,” Anderson said this week. “It’s been four or five years, some things will change. But some of the base stuff is kind of familiar.”

Anderson said he’s watched film of the Patriots’ offense so he could more effectively run the scout team this week. He’s also spoken with Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott about some of his observations of New England’s offense.

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