The Panthers signed Vander Laan, a former college quarterback, to a free agent contract in May.
Signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets (5/6/16)…Waived by the New York Jets (8/29/16)…Signed to New York Jets practice squad (12/21/16)…Signed reserve future contract with the New York Jets (1/2/17)…Waived by the New York Jets (9/3/17)…Signed to Indianapolis practice squad (11/3/17)…Signed to Indianapolis active roster (11/25/17)…Waived by Indianapolis (5/8/18)…Signed as a free agent by Carolina (5/21/18)...Waived by Carolina (9/1/18)...Signed to Carolina practice squad (9/2/18).
GP/GS: Career (4/0); 2017 (4/0), 2016 (0/0)
Played in four games for Indianapolis in 2017 primarily on special teams…Compiled two total special teams tackles.
Started in all 46 games he played in as a quarterback at Division II Ferris State, completing 666-of-1,050 passes (63.4 percent) for 8,240 yards, 85 touchdowns and 29 interceptions…Also ran for 5,953 yards (NCAA record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a career) and 81 touchdowns (NCAA Division II record) on 1,010 carries…Became the first quarterback in NCAA history to compile over 1,000 rushing and passing yards for four straight seasons…Finished career as Ferris State’s all-time rushing and scoring leader…In 2015, was the top rushing quarterback in the nation (at all levels) with 1,542 yards and 24 touchdowns while finishing first in the nation in points responsible (306)…As a junior in 2014, was named an All-America selection and won the Harlon Hill Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in NCAA Division II.
Attended Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights, Ill.