Edmonton Elks sign former NFL quarterback Drew Anderson

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The Edmonton Elks have signed former NFL quarterback Drew Anderson.

Anderson spent the 2019 season with the Arizona Cardinals. He played three pre-season games that year, completing 18-of-32 pass attempts (56.2 percent) for 206 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while carrying the ball three times for 42 yards.

“Checking with the staff from the Cardinals, they spoke extremely highly of him. Several of our scouts have a very high grade on him. We’ll see when he gets to Edmonton and gets on the field,” general manager Brock Sunderland said in a videoconference.

“We saw him with the Arizona Cardinals and we think he’s a guy that has all the things that you look for in a quarterback. He can make every throw, he has good knowledge of the game. We’ve done the background checks, he’s a student of the game and loves the game, good leadership.”

The Orinda, CA native started his NCAA career at the University of Buffalo. In his first collegiate start, he completed 35-of-61 pass attempts (57.4 percent) for a school record 597 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions in a 71-68 overtime loss to Western Michigan University. Anderson finished the 2017 season with a 62.3 completion rate, throwing for 1,039 yards and 10 touchdowns against one interception. He also had 11 carries for 92 yards and one touchdown.

Following two years at Buffalo, the six-foot-four, 221-pound Anderson transferred to Murray State University. He started 11 games for the Racers, completing 258-of-429 pass attempts (56.2 percent) for 2,864 yards with 20 touchdowns against 15 interceptions. He rushed 82 times for 225 yards and five touchdowns.

The 25-year-old Anderson had been a free agent since being released by the Cardinals in July 2020.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.