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Jimmy Clausen | Quarterback

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
College: Notre Dame
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Bears No. 2 QB Jimmy Clausen has a concussion.
Clausen should be ready for Week 1, but it means he'll miss valuable reps in Thursday's preseason finale. It's also a concern after Clausen was concussed on a vicious hit late last season. Clausen is one of the league's poorer backups, but he could end up making starts if Jay Cutler's career continues its downward trajectory. Aug 31 - 2:31 PM

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Jimmy Clausen completed 17-of-27 passes for 151 yards and also completed a two-point conversion in the Bears' preseason opener.

Clausen was sharp against the Dolphins' backups. He kept the chains moving with long drives, avoiding turnovers and sacks. Clausen has settled in as a viable NFL backup and would get the nod if something happened to Jay Cutler.
Aug 13 - 11:02 PM

Bears OC Adam Gase said Jimmy Clausen is a "perfect fit" for the offense.

"He's really grown as a player," Gase said of Clausen. "He and Jay [Cutler] have a great relationship. I felt like he’d be perfect for what we were trying to do offensively." By talking up Clausen, it sounds like Gase is trying to put pressure on Cutler. Though Cutler threw a career-high 28 touchdowns last season, he also tied for the league lead in interceptions. It also sounds like Gase is higher on Clausen than 2014 draft pick David Fales.
Jun 15 - 1:24 PM

Bears re-signed QB Jimmy Clausen.

Clausen appeared in four games for the Bears last season, making one start in Week 16 after then-coach Marc Trestman benched Jay Cutler. Clausen ended up suffering a concussion and was forced to miss Week 17. The former Panthers second-round pick completed 26-of-48 passes for 223 yards (4.6 YPA), two touchdowns, and one interception. He'll compete for the backup job.
Mar 6 - 11:31 AM

Jimmy Clausen has been diagnosed with a concussion, and will be sidelined for Sunday's finale against the Vikings.

Clausen took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Lions RE Ziggy Ansah in Sunday's loss, and apparently suffered "delayed" symptoms. He didn't miss a snap, but ended up going to the hospital on Sunday evening. The league still has a long way to go with concussions. Clausen's injury means Jay Cutler will be back under center for Week 17, and backed up by sixth-round rookie David Fales. The timing couldn't be worse for Clausen, who didn't put anything persuasive on film Sunday. There's no guarantee he'll get a No. 2 job for 2015.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 02:33:00 PM

Jimmy Clausen completed 23-of-39 passes for 181 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 20-14 Week 16 loss to the Lions.

Facing the league's No. 2 defense, Clausen played far better than his numbers looked. Bears receivers dropped an absurd seven passes, many of them easy catches on third downs that would have kept drives alive. Clausen's lone turnover was a fourth-down Hail Mary with under two minutes left in the game. He was very confident and calm both in pre-snap reads and in the pocket, executing Marc Trestman's offense far better than benched Jay Cutler has in the last month. It reaffirms our belief that Cutler was the issue for the Bears' offense, not Trestman. Cutler just won't listen to the whispers.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:13:00 PM

Jimmy Clausen will start in Week 16 against the Lions.

The Bears benched Jay Cutler, leaving Clausen to make his first start since 2010. Per NFL Network's Mike Silver, Bears players believe Clausen will "light it up" in Marc Trestman's quarterback-friendly scheme "simply because he'll run the offense as prescribed." Clausen has potential for plug-and-play value in the Bears' pass-based attack, but gets a difficult first matchup against the Lions. He'll be no more than a QB2 option and daily-league dart throw in Week 16.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 07:09:00 PM

Jimmy Clausen has won the Bears' backup quarterback job.

He beat out Jordan Palmer by completing 64 percent of his 37 preseason passes for 280 yards, two TDs, and one pick. His passer rating is 94.4. Bears coaches have been pleased with Clausen's "arm strength and throwing mechanics." The 26-year-old is a name to keep in mind because of Marc Trestman's QB history. Josh McCown had a 13:1 TD-to-INT ratio under Trestman in 2013.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 07:00:00 PM

Jimmy Clausen operated as the Bears' No. 3 quarterback in Friday night's preseason game, completing 6-of-9 throws for 36 yards.

He was the only Bears quarterback to lead scoring drives in the 34-6 drubbing, resulting in a pair of late Robbie Gould field goals against Seahawks backups. (Of course, Seattle's backups would start on a team like the Raiders.) Expect Clausen to get a ton of snaps in the exhibition finale as the Bears continue to let him battle Jordan Palmer to back up Jay Cutler. In August, Clausen is a combined 24-of-37 (64.9%) passing for 280 yards (7.6 YPA), two touchdowns and a pick.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 12:47:00 PM

Jimmy Clausen completed 7-of-10 passes for 56 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception in Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars.

It wasn't a great night. Clausen's pick was a tipped ball that hung too long over the middle of the field, while he also failed to secure a snap. Thanks in part to myriad Bears penalties, the former second-round pick never really got into a rhythm. Clausen is ahead of Jordan Palmer in the battle to back up Jay Cutler, but will have to secure his job with solid performances in the third and fourth preseason games.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 10:32:00 PM

Jimmy Clausen will be the No. 2 quarterback in Thursday's preseason game against the Jags.

Jordan Palmer is losing out to Clausen in the battle to be Jay Cutler's backup. Clausen went 7-of-13 for 150 yards with two touchdowns in last week's preseason opener, showing a little of the ability that made him a second-round pick in 2010. As we saw with Josh McCown last year, Marc Trestman can take quarterbacks from way off the radar and make them plus players.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Jimmy Clausen completed 7-of-13 passes for 150 yards, two touchdowns, and a two-point conversion completion in the Bears' preseason opener Friday night against Philadelphia.

He added a 16-yard scramble. Clausen faced deep Eagles reserves, but outplayed current No. 2 QB Jordan Palmer, who went 8-of-11 for 104 yards, one touchdown, and a pick. Despite quarterbacking the third-team offense, Clausen is internally considered the favorite to open 2014 as Jay Cutler's backup. This performance should earn him more looks in Chicago's second exhibition game.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 10:55:00 PM

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Bears backup QB Jimmy Clausen "seemingly hasn't had a bad day all training camp."

Clausen has reportedly demonstrated "some impressive zip" on his passes, and has been "quick with his reads," which is critical in Marc Trestman's offense. Jordan Palmer is listed as the No. 2 quarterback on Chicago's unofficial depth chart, but Clausen and Palmer have shared second-team reps evenly so far. Clausen remains the slight favorite to open the season as Jay Cutler's backup.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 11:26:00 PM

According to ESPN Chicago, Jimmy Clausen "appears poised" to unseat Jordan Palmer for No. 2 quarterback duties behind Jay Cutler.

Clausen "quickly gained ground" on Palmer at minicamp and appears to be in the driver's seat for the backup job. It's an important competition because Cutler has missed 13 starts the past four seasons. Considering the magic coach Marc Trestman worked with last year's backup, Josh McCown, it could be a real chance for Clausen to get his career back on its tracks. 26-year-old Clausen is worth a look in particularly deep Dynasty fantasy leagues.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 11:43:00 AM

ESPN Chicago confirms Jimmy Clausen is a threat to Jordan Palmer's backup job with the Bears.

This is a position battle to monitor after Marc Trestman worked wonders with Josh McCown in 2013, resurrecting McCown's career with a 13:1 TD-to-INT ratio. Palmer practiced poorly during OTAs and minicamp, while Clausen has history with Trestman. Assuming he makes the 53, rookie David Fales is ticketed for third-string duties regardless of the No. 2 quarterback winner.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 12:49:00 PM

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