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2006 Player Profile: QB - Jake Delhomme
June 16, 2006 Discuss Player Here | Team Page
Year Team Gms Plays Att Comp Pass
Int Rush Rush
300 Yard
2 TD
2003 CAR 16 491 449 266 3219 19 16 42 43 1 20 2 6
2004 CAR 16 558 533 310 3886 29 15 25 71 1 30 4 11
2005 CAR 16 459 435 262 3421 24 16 24 31 1 25 1 9
  AVG 16 503 472 279 3509 24 16 30 48 1 25 2 9
Age: 33      Years Played: 11      Height: 6'2"     Weight: 230

Background:  After starring at Teurlings Catholic High School in Lafayette, LA where he was selected as All State as a defensive back, despite a senior year in which he tossed for 3,351 passing yards and 32 touchdowns and 265 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground, finishing his prep career with 6,703 passing yards and 65 touchdowns, Delhomme went on to star at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The Lafayette native became the only true freshman quarterback to start for an NCAA Division I-A school in 1993, completing 145 of 259 pass attempts for 1,842 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.  He ended his college career as the all-time Louisiana college passing leader with 9,216 yards, 64 touchdowns and 57 interceptions, leading the Cajuns to three consecutive winning seasons and a pair of Big West Conference championships in 1993 and 1994.

After New Orleans signed him as an undrafted free agent in 1998, Delhomme took the scenic route to the NFL promised land, sharing the obscure start-NFL Europe connection with fellow quarterback Kurt Warner, having served as the back-up to Warner when both played for the Amsterdam Admirals during 1998 to 1999. In 1999, New Orleans brought him back as the third string quarterback and the Breaux Bridge, LA native got a chance to start in his first NFL game in December of that year against the Dallas Cowboys.  Delhomme lead the Saints to a win, passing for 278 yards and two scores with one pick and a four yard touchdown run.  Following the 2000 season, he headed back overseas to team with Pat Barnes, sharing the starting quarterback role in leading the Frankfurt Galaxy to a World Bowl victory over the Barcelona Dragons.

His success in Europe bought him more time on the Saints roster, albeit in a backup role.  In 2002, Delhomme shined in his rare moments of playing time, becoming a fan favorite of Saints fans who had tired of the struggling Aaron Brooks, paving the way for his move to Carolina as an unrestricted free agent in 2003, eventually outlasting Chris Weinke and Rodney Peete to capture the starter’s role.  Delhomme would proceed to lead the Panthers to an 11-5 record, a record for most wins by a Carolina starting quarterback, and their first ever Super Bowl appearance in SB XXXVIII, where he passed for 323 yards and three touchdowns, including the longest play from scrimmage in Super Bowl history, an 85 yard touchdown pass to Mushin Muhammad.

Though 2004 was a disappointment team record-wise, the eight year NFL vet has his best statistical effort of his career with 3,886 passing yards and 30 touchdowns (29 pass, one rushing) with 15 interceptions.  Last season, after a 1-2 start, Jake rallied the Panthers to an NFC wild card playoff berth and a spot in the NFC Championship game in Seattle after tallying 3,421 yards through the air for 24 scores and 16 interceptions and one rushing touchdown.  Fun Fact: Delhomme has parlayed his down-home personality and appeal with the southern fan base to become the pitchman for Bojangles’, a Cajun fast food restaurant, where he is often depicted as a fried chicken addict who audibles Bojangles’ “fixin’s” at the line of scrimmage.

What’s new for 2006:  Not that Jake Delhomme needed a threat opposite the unstoppable Steve Smith last year, but the addition of the always confident, 6-4, 211 pound Keyshawn Johnson does provide a third down, chain moving element to the Panthers passing offense that didn’t exist last season with the nearly invisible Keary Colbert falling short in the role.  Delhomme will utilize the former No.1 pick of the New York Jets as a healthy go-to option when teams predictably focus more on Smith, allowing Carolina to increase their third down conversion rate and in doing so, create more drives with scoring potential.  With the Panthers running game still mired in inconsistency, Delhomme’s fantasy numbers should continue to dwell in the 3,500 yards, 25-29 touchdown range, a healthy fantasy forecast for a quarterback.

2005 2004 2003
1 NO 212 1 2 17  
2 NE 154   1 -2  
3 @MIA 285 3 1    
4 GB 260 2   -3  
5 @ARI 243 2 1 -1  
6 @DET 236 2 3 5  
8 MIN 341 3   2  
9 @TB 216 1      
1 NYJ 119 1 2 -2  
11 @CHI 235   2 8  
12 @BUF 191 1   -1  
13 ATL 164 2 1 1  
14 TB 220 1 1 6  
15 @NO 176 1 1 2 1
16 DAL 260 2 1 -1  
17 @ATL 163 2      
1 GB 284 2 1    
2 @KC 180 3 2    
4 ATL 308   2 13  
5 @DEN 173 1   3 1
6 @PHI 205 1 4 2  
7 SD 155   1    
8 @SEA 248 2 1 18  
9 OAK 299 3   7  
1 @SF 303 3   -2  
11 ARI 157 2 1 4  
12 TB 213 2 1 5  
13 @NO 294 1      
14 STL 206 1 1 9  
15 @ATL 340 2 1    
16 @TB 214 4   12  
17 NO 307 2      
1 JAX 122 3 2 1  
2 @TB 96   2 2  
4 ATL 168 1   -3  
5 NO 124     -2  
6 @IND 181 1 1 1  
7 TEN 362 2   9  
8 @NO 148     6  
9 @HOU 193 1 1 2  
1 TB 277 2 2 5  
11 WAS 317   2 -2 1
12 @DAL 175 1 1    
13 PHI 216 2   13  
14 @ATL 153 1 2    
15 @ARI 236 1 1 3  
16 DET 26 2 1 11  
17 @NYG 191 2 1 -3  

Recent Priority News

The Jacksonville Jaguars could show interest in Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent QB Kyle Orton and Houston Texans impending free-agent QB Jake Delhomme this offseason.
Huddle Up: Jacksonville coach Mike Mularkey has indicated he may want to give Blaine Gabbert a redshirt year, playing him behind a veteran while he gets acclimated to the NFL. Orton and Delhomme would certainly fit that bill, though it would be a step backwards for Gabbert after starting most of his rookie season.

The Houston Texans have signed journeyman QB Jake Delhomme.
Huddle Up: Delhomme played down the I-10 at UL-Lafayette and will give the Texans a veteran fall-back option if the rookie T.J. Yates doesn't pan out, which he most certainly might not. The team had also tried out Jeff Garcia. Recently added Kellen Clemens will be the team's #3 QB.

The Miami Dolphins have had discussions with free-agent QBs David Garrard (Jaguars) and Jake Delhomme (Browns) this week, but they haven't agreed to deals with either player, and it doesn't look like they will. The Dolphins will still attempt to sign a veteran quarterback Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Huddle Up: Are either of them upgrades over Matt Moore? We're not sure. Delhomme or Garrard would have to learn a brand new system on the fly. Update: Chad Henne's separated left shoulder is reportedly worse than originally reported.

The Denver Broncos could show interest in Cleveland Browns QB Jake Delhomme if he is released after the lockout is over and they trade QB Kyle Orton.
Huddle Up: Broncos coach John Fox is familiar with Delhomme, and he'd be a decent backup plan to Tim Tebow if Denver does opt to unload Orton. More importantly, Delhomme is a veteran who not only knows what Fox likes to do offensively but would also be able to step in without much preseason work and run the offense.

Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren is not saying that QB Colt McCoy is the definitive answer to the team's quarterback problem. 'We have Seneca Wallace, too, and Jake Delhomme as well right now,' Holmgren said. 'But (McCoy) got his feet wet last year. I didn't necessarily want him to play that much last year, but we were injured, and so he had a chance to play. He showed us enough where he will go in, and we're hopeful that - it'll be competitive - but if he does what I think he can do, he'll probably be the guy, yeah.'
Huddle Up: Time will tell which quarterback wins the starting job this season but McCoy seems to have the inside track at this point. If he can have a solid offseason and develop his skills further he could be the answer at the quarterback position that the Browns have been looking for in the future.

Cleveland Browns QB Jake Delhomme said he still wants to play in the league and would like to remain with the Browns, reports Marla Ridenour, of the Akron Beacon Journal. Dolhomme is scheduled to make a $5.4 million base salary in 2011.
Huddle Up: The Browns quarterback play has been far from consistent this season and Delhomme has certainly not been a key part of the offense for a while. Look for the veteran quarterback to land with another team especially with the amount of money he is due in his contract for 2011.

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